San Antonio, TX - Today the U.S.
Marshals Service celebrates its 225th anniversary. As the nation’s
oldest, most versatile federal law enforcement agency, it continues to
build on its legacy of steadfast service and its unique position in the
country’s federal justice system.
In commemorating this significant occasion, Texas Governor Rick Perry
presented a certificate of appreciation and congratulations to the U.S.
Marshals Service acknowledging 225 years of dedicated service and
protection for the American people. Robert R. Almonte, United States
Marshal for the Western District of Texas, states, “We would like to
thank Governor Perry and all Texans for their enormous support. We will
continue our mission of providing judicial security and apprehending
dangerous fugitives for many years to come.”
The U.S. Marshals Service’s legendary origins began in 1789 when the
nation’s first president appointed the first U.S. Marshals. U.S.
Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton states, “When President George
Washington appointed the first 13 U.S. Marshals Sept. 24, 1789, his pen
marked the creation of an agency that has since played a role in
virtually every facet of the nation’s federal judiciary during times of
crisis and times of peace. From upholding the law in our untamed western
territories to enforcing orders related to civil rights, the U.S.
Marshals Service has been committed to answering the call of our great
nation. As we mark 225 years of service, our men and women stand ready
to continue that commitment.”
Today, the U.S. Marshals Service is a force of 5,400 deputies and civil
servants who carry out operational and administrative duties as varied
as apprehending fugitives, housing and transporting prisoners,
protecting witnesses and federal judges, and managing and selling seized
assets. Most notably, the Marshals Service is the federal government’s
primary agency for conducting fugitive investigations. Working with its
law enforcement partners at the federal, state, and local levels, the
Marshals apprehend more federal fugitives than all other federal law
enforcement agencies combined. The U.S. Marshals arrested more than
110,000 fugitives during fiscal year 2013.
The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, which serves the Western District of
Texas to include Alpine, Austin, Del Rio, El Paso, Midland, Pecos, San
Antonio, and Waco, was responsible for executing and clearing almost
7000 federal and state active arrest warrants in fiscal year 2013. Among
those arrested were some of the most violent and dangerous fugitives in
the state who were charged with murder, sexual assault, possession of
controlled substances, or failure to register as sex offenders. “Our
task force officers are by far some of the most highly trained,
reliable, and hardworking investigators in the U.S. Marshals Service.
When arrests need to be made, they strap up their boots, they put their
lives on the line, and they get the job done,” said U.S. Marshal Almonte.
Other agency accomplishments include protecting the federal courts and
facilities from more than 1,000 threats and inappropriate
communications, daily managing the care and transport of nearly 60,000
prisoners, and combating major criminal activity by stripping criminals
of their ill‐gotten gains and distributing $200 million to victims of
crime through the effective management and disposition of assets seized
for forfeiture. In addition, through the enforcement of the Adam Walsh
Act, the U.S. Marshals Service helps protect our communities and
children from noncompliant sex offenders.
“As we mark this tremendous milestone of 225 years, I am honored to lead
an organization made up of so many dedicated professionals, and I am
proud of their commitment to and embodiment of our motto of justice,
integrity and service,” said Director Hylton.
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