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A Week in the Life of a Deputy U.S. Marshal

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First thing I do is complete my morning workout.  I am in the office at 0800 hrs. (8:00 am).  Today, I am assigned to practice my firearms skills in the morning.  In the afternoon, I will instruct dynamic (forceful or active) entry to the rest of our office personnel and a few members of other law enforcement agencies

After getting to the range, I put on all of my equipment.  This includes protective equipment (safety glasses, protective vest, hearing protection), duty belt that holds handcuffs, baton, holster for my hand gun and magazines (magazines contain bullets for my hand gun).  The U.S. Marshals Service's primary hand gun is the Glock 40 caliber.  Each deputy may carry a backup hand gun of their choice if it meets certain requirements.  We spend about 3 hours running through numerous scenarios (plans) with a combination of hand guns and an AR 15 rifle.  We seldom just shoot paper targets, today we will use moving metal targets.  Once we have completed the different scenarios, we practice with the 12 gauge shotgun.  Our district practices firearm skills as often as possible.  Once we complete our firearms training, we sit down for a lunch together and discuss the training we just completed.  After any kind of training or lesson, it is a good idea to discuss what you just learned and how you can do it better next time.

At 1330 hrs (1:30 pm), I am in the basement of the courthouse getting ready for the dynamic entry class that I will teach to 6 deputies.  The deputies dress and carry all the equipment that would be needed in a real event except their firearms are unloaded.  We take extra precautions (plan ahead for safety) in making sure nobody has any ammunition on their person.  We also have special rifles and hand guns to practice different ways of entering buildings or rooms.  I am already planning our next class which will be at different locations because all houses and businesses are different.  It is very important to plan and practice for every possible dangerous situation.

I enjoy instructing the deputies and I take this task very seriously.   Firearm training and firearm safety are very important parts of being law enforcement officers.  After 3 hours I call it a day and everyone goes into our conference room and discusses the training.  I'm home by 1700 hrs (5:00 pm) and ready for a steak on the barbeque. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice