For Immediate Release
|May 01, 2018||
Colleen Grayman, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Arizona – Phoenix (602) 316-4403;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
|U.S. Marshals Coordinate the Arrest of 310 Fugitives to Honor Victims of Crime|
Phoenix, AZ -
For the duration of the
month of April, the U.S. Marshals Service honored and recognized victims
of crime by conducting “Operation Justice 2018”. The month-long
enforcement initiative involved 16 law enforcement agencies from
Maricopa and Pinal counties. In order to have the greatest impact on
victim crimes, the operation employed a systematic and sustained
approach to target and arrest violent fugitives wanted for higher level
felony crimes including Homicide, Robbery, Sexual Assault, Dangerous
Drugs, and Aggravated Assault.
"Operation Justice is one of many multi-agency fugitive apprehension programs coordinated by the U.S. Marshals Service through task force networks at the local level. Law enforcement is more efficient and effective when we all work together. The goal is to make our communities safer by arresting dangerous career criminals who continue to commit serious crimes while on the run. We also want to send a message to the victims of crime that we have not forgotten the impact that crime has had on them and their loved ones.” said David P. Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona.
Since 1981, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime has observed an annual week of remembrance entitled National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. In 2008, the U.S. Marshals Service in Arizona initiated “Operation Justice” as a law enforcement partnership to seek out and arrest fugitives, thereby ensuring the justice process continues unabated in an effort to assist in the healing and recovery for the victims of crime. This year, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week was observed from April 8 to April 14, 2018.
In observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, members of the Arizona WANTED Violent Offender Task Force made a concentrated effort to arrest the most violent career criminals and gang members plaguing the Phoenix metro area. While the U.S. Marshals Service targets and prioritizes the worst of the worst fugitives every day, “Operation Justice” allows federal, state, and local valley law enforcement agencies to pool their resources in a cooperative enforcement endeavor over a month long period. This operation is in its 10th successful year and resulted in hundreds of violent fugitive arrests, removing them from our communities and creating a safer environment by keeping them from committing more crimes.
Operation Justice 2018 proved to be an effective initiative with arrests totaling 310 throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties. Of the 310 fugitives taken into custody, arrests include 8 for Homicide, 64 for Aggravated Assault, 38 for Sex Offenses/Sex Assaults, and 58 for Robbery/Firearms related offenses.
The following arrests are examples of the type of career criminals and predators focused on during this operation:
“Operation Justice 2018 focused collaborative efforts on arresting some of the most violent offenders attempting to hide within our communities,” said Chief Rick St. John of the Glendale Police Department. “The Glendale Police Department was a proud participant during this combined effort with agencies from all over the state to ensure victims of violence can feel safer and improve the quality of life for the community as a whole. Partnerships like this are a prime example of agencies crossing jurisdictions and working together successfully to accomplish a common goal.”
“The Phoenix Police Department partners with local, state and federal law enforcement entities to together apprehend our most violent offenders,” said Chief Jeri Williams of the Phoenix Police Department. “Apprehending these suspects helps us advocate for the victims and bring justice to them. These task forces allow us to use the newest techniques and technologies to locate them and ensure the information is shared through all levels of law enforcement. Working together benefits all departments but most importantly our victims.”
The Mesa Police Department was proud to join with the United States Marshals Office and our local partners for Operation Justice 2018,” said Chief Ramon Batista of the Mesa Police Department. “By agencies joining together, we create a substantial force to move swiftly through our communities arresting violent felons and repeat offenders who prey on our residents. Through the efforts of the men and women working the operation, we ensure that dangerous criminals are located and taken into custody. Law Enforcement working together in this way is a true representation of the commitment our agencies have towards the greater good of not only our city, but the community as a whole. We are honored to have participated in making the valley a great place to live.”
The United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. Annually, U.S. Marshals arrest more than 50 percent of all federal fugitives and serve more federal warrants than all other federal agencies combined.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
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