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Cheers to nation’s oldest law enforcement agency: U.S. Marshals Service celebrates 225th anniversary

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

SHOUT OUT: The U.S. Marshals Service – the nation’s oldest law enforcement agency – celebrates its 225th anniversary today.

The New Jersey district’s first U.S. marshal, Thomas Lowry, was selected by the first U.S. president.

“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,” said U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton.

“From upholding the law in our untamed western territories to tracking and apprehending the most notorious fugitives, the U.S. Marshals Service has been committed to answering the call of our great nation for justice,” said Hylton.

That stretches back to the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794, as well as keeping the trains moving during the Pullman railroad strikes in 1894, enforcing 1960s court civil rights orders in the South, protecting witnesses in organized crime trials, securing all high-threat federal trials involving domestic and international terrorism – among them, the World Trade Center and Oklahoma City bombing trials — and most recently, the Boston Marathon bombing trial.

The service’s force is currently comprised 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.

Many of us know the service best for 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 Service’s New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, for one, targets the “worst of the worst.”

During fiscal year 2013 alone, the U.S. Marshals arrested more than 110,000 fugitives.

Other duties include protecting the federal judiciary, courts and facilities while managing the care and transport of federal prisoners throughout the three vicinages in Newark, Trenton and Camden.


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