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U.S. Marshals Service

Fugitive Task Forces

The U.S. Marshals have a long history of providing assistance and expertise to other law enforcement agencies in support of fugitive investigations.  The success of U.S. Marshals task force initiatives, combined with the outstanding relationships forged with other law enforcement agencies, has led to the formation of permanent fugitive task forces, as well as ad-hoc task forces in response to unique cases that pose immediate threat to the public.  In fiscal year 2008, U.S. Marshals Service-led fugitive task forces cleared by arrest, 23,000 federal felony warrants and more than 90,600 state and local warrants.

Regional Fugitive Task Forces

The United States Marshals Service (USMS) oversees the nation's regional fugitive task forces, established under the the Presidential Threat Protection Act of 2000.  The purpose of regional fugitive task forces is to combine the efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to locate and apprehend the most dangerous fugitives and assist in high profile investigations.


Local Fugitive Task Forces

The United States Marshals Service currently leads 60 local fugitive task forces.  The majority of the task forces are full-time efforts, however, additional task forces are formed on an ad-hoc basis, in response to a specific cases. Funding for these task forces is often granted through initiatives such as the High Density Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), and Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) task forces.

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