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For Immediate Release

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December 13, 2011 Hector Gomez, Supervisory Deputy (512) 916-5380
Kyle Police Department Joins Lone Star Fugitive Task Force

LSFTF LogoAustin, TX – The United States Marshals Service led Lone Star Fugitive Task Force is pleased to announce the addition of the Kyle Police Department to its fugitive hunting team. Announcing the latest agency to the task force, United States Marshal Robert R. Almonte of the Western District of Texas was on hand at the department’s headquarters to welcome Chief Jeff Barnett to its premier fugitive hunting team. “The citizens of Kyle will benefit immensely knowing that Chief Barnett will have access to a task force of experienced law enforcement professionals to draw upon should the need arise,” commented Marshal Almonte.

The Austin based task force is comprised of area law enforcement agencies, collectively drawing from participating departments human and investigative resources to locate fugitives having significant criminal histories involving weapons and violence. Chief Barnett stated, "The Kyle Police Department is proud to join this elite fugitive apprehension task force as an indicator of commitment to the safety and well-being of the visitors and residents of the fast growing community of Kyle." The task force further focuses efforts apprehending fugitives posing an increased danger to our communities as well as to law enforcement. A recent addition to their mission is the enforcement of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. In fiscal year 2010, Marshal led task forces arrested 81,900 state and local fugitives and serves as the central point for agencies to share information on fugitive matters. The task force works extensively with the international law enforcement community, and maintains foreign field offices in Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Mexico.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force welcomes the Kyle Police Department and Marshal Almonte further adds, “With law enforcement working together for a common purpose, all of our communities benefit bringing a task force concept to a local crime.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in Austin –

  • Austin Police Department-Intelligence Unit
  • Buda Police Department
  • Kyle Police Department
  • San Marcos Police Department
  • Travis County Sheriff’s Office
  • Williamson, Caldwell, Hays and Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office
  • Williamson County DA’s Office, Constable’s Office
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice OIG
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Rangers
  • U.S. Marshals Service

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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