For Immediate Release
|December 20, 2017||
Jeffrey White, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal (603) 387-6308;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Marshals 'Fugitive of the Week' Program
Leads to the Arrest of 40 Fugitives in 2017
Concord, NH -
Since 2007, the United
States Marshals Service has been partnered with Peter St. James and the
“NH Wake Up Show” featuring the
“Fugitive of the
Week” program for the State of New Hampshire. Over the years, the
program has grown to be a feature that the public looks forward to each
week and the fugitives cringe at the thought of being the “Fugitive of
the Week.” This is evidenced by the comments made by several prior
fugitives that have been featured indicating they knew their time on the
run was limited! This program continues to prove its success each year
through the number of arrests.
The staff of the United States Marshals Service continues to be grateful and wants to extend their thanks to all of our media partners across all forms including; radio, newspapers, television and the internet for their continuing support, which makes this program a huge success. I personally would like to thank Peter St. James & WTPL “The Pulse” for helping to create the “Fugitive of the Week” program back in 2007, and continuing to be great advocates for law enforcement to this day, over ten years later.
The “Fugitive of the Week” program needs one more component to be successful and that is the countless number of tipsters that have provided a lot of valuable information that has directly resulted in the numerous successful arrests of these serious offenders. Thank you for all of your assistance, tips both big and small to help make our communities safer.
The “Fugitive of the Week” is only a small percentage of the work done by the US Marshals Service here in New Hampshire. The US Marshals here in NH are responsible for the day to day transportation and production of defendants for federal court hearings, as well as ensuring the overall security of the federal courthouses, the judges and staff. On a national scale the US Marshals are also charged with the seizure and forfeiture of assets taken in connection with civil and criminal cases; Prisoner transportation around the country to and from court hearings and correctional institutions (think Con Air!); Additionally, the US Marshals Service operates the Witness Security Program, sometimes referred to the “Witness Protection Program.” This program provides for the security, safety and health of government witnesses and their authorized family members, whose lives are in danger as a result of their cooperation with the U.S. government.
All of this is done, while operating the very successful NH Joint Fugitive Task Force. The task force is comprised of five full time task force officers including Belknap, Hillsborough, Rockingham & Strafford County Sheriff’s Offices, the Greenfield Police Department, along with deputy US Marshals and over 40 local, county, state and federal agencies working together to locate and arrest fugitives around the state, country and world. As of December 18, 2017, the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force has been responsible for locating 385 fugitives during this past year to date. This would not be possible without the high level of teamwork and cooperation provided by the fugitive task force and all law enforcement agencies.
Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 7,029 arrests (Updated as of 12/18/2017).These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 8 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
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