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For Immediate Release

June 07, 2018 Chris Leuer, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Eastern District of Virginia – Norfolk Division (757) 264-5228
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Receive Award for Investigative Merit
Norfolk, VA - The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force received the Investigative Merit Award today at the 2018 Valor Awards. The award, presented by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, was in recognition for the work of the U.S. Marshals in tracking down violent offenders throughout 2017.

The Norfolk-based U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force brings together investigators from several Hampton Roads law enforcement agencies. The task force succeeds in its mission of apprehending the most violent and dangerous fugitives by combining the investigative capabilities, resources, and experience of local and federal law enforcement agencies.

“Tracking down violent offenders who are actively seeking to evade capture is no small task,” said U.S. Marshal Bobby Mathieson. “We are proud to work alongside our local law enforcement partners to ensure that those charged with committing violent crimes face justice,” continued Marshal Mathieson.

In total, the Norfolk-based U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force made 305 arrests last year, clearing 503 outstanding felony arrest warrants. 43 murder suspects were among those arrested. So far this year, 18 murder suspects have been arrested.

The U.S. Marshals-led Fugitive Task Force consists of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, Newport News Police Department, Portsmouth Police Department and Norfolk Police Department. The main objective of the task force is to seek out and arrest violent offenders with outstanding federal and state warrants.

The U.S. Marshals Service, America’s first federal law enforcement agency, arrested more than 26,000 federal fugitives, 57,000 state and local fugitives and 12,000 sex offenders in 2017. Our investigative network and capabilities allow for the unique ability to track and apprehend any fugitive who attempts to evade police capture, anywhere in the country.

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