United States Marshals Service
(USMS) is a United States federal law
enforcement agency within the United States
Department of Justice (see ) and is the oldest federal law enforcement
agency in the United
While the first colonial postal service Surveyors were
appointed in 1772, they were not deemed Special Agents
until 1801, and were organized as the United States Postal
Inspection Service in 1830. ( A Chronology of the United States Postal Inspection
The USMS is the enforcement arm of the United States federal courts
U.S. Marshals protect court officers and buildings and ensure the
effective operation of the judicial
. The US Marshals Service assists with court security and
prisoner transport, serves arrest warrants and seeks fugitives.
The offices of U.S. Marshals and Deputy Marshals were created by
the first Congress
Judiciary Act of 1789
same legislation that established the federal judicial system. In a
letter to Edmund Randolph
, the first
United States Attorney
, President George
- Impressed with a conviction that the due administration of
justice is the firmest pillar of good Government, I have considered
the first arrangement of the Judicial department as essential to
the happiness of our Country, and to the stability of its political
system; hence the selection of the fittest characters to expound
the law, and dispense justice, has been an invariable object of my
Many of the first U.S. Marshals had already proven themselves in
military service during the American
. Among the first marshals were John Adams's son-in-law Congressman William Stephens Smith for the
district of New
York, another New York district Marshal, Congressman
Thomas Morris and Henry Dearborn for the district of Maine.
From the earliest days of the nation, Marshals were permitted to
recruit Special Deputies as local hires or as temporary transfers
to the Marshals Service from other federal law enforcement
agencies. Marshals were also authorized to swear in a posse
to assist them in
manhunts and other duties on an ad hoc
were given extensive authority to support the federal courts within
their judicial districts, and to carry out all lawful orders issued
by federal judges, Congress, or the President.
The Marshals and their Deputies served subpoenas
and other process issued by the courts, made all the arrests, and
handled all federal prisoners. They also disbursed funds as ordered
by the courts. Marshals paid the fees and expenses of the court
clerks, U.S. Attorneys
, and witnesses. They rented the courtrooms and
jail space and hired the bailiffs, criers, and janitors. They made
sure the prisoners were present, the jurors were available, and
that the witnesses were on time.
When Washington set up his first administration and the first
Congress began passing laws, both quickly discovered an
inconvenient gap in the constitutional
design of the
government: It had no provision for a regional administrative
structure stretching throughout the country. Both the Congress and
the executive branch were housed at the national capital; no agency
was established or designated to represent the federal government's
interests at the local level. The need for a regional organization
quickly became apparent. Congress and the President solved part of
the problem by creating specialized agencies, such as customs and
revenue collectors, to levy tariffs and taxes, yet there were
numerous other jobs that needed to be done. The only officers
available to do them were the Marshals and their Deputies.
Thus, the Marshals also provided local representation for the
federal government within their districts. They took the national
every decade through 1870. They
, collected a variety of statistical information
on commerce and manufacturing, supplied the names of government
employees for the national register, and performed other routine
tasks needed for the central government to function effectively.
past 200 years, Congress, the President and Governors have also
called on the Marshals to carry out unusual or extraordinary
missions, such as registering enemy aliens in time of war, sealing
the American border against armed expeditions from foreign
countries, and at times during the Cold
War, swapping spies with the Soviet Union, and also retrieving North Carolina's copy of the
Particularly in the American West, individual Deputy Marshals have
been seen as legendary heroes in the face of rampant lawlessness
(see Famous Marshals, below). Marshals arrested the infamous
in 1893, helped suppress the
in 1894, enforced
during the 1920s, and have
protected American athletes at recent Olympic Games
. Marshals protected the refugee boy Elián González before his return to
Cuba in 2000, and have protected abortion clinics as required by Federal law.
1989, the Marshals Service has been responsible for law enforcement
among U.S. personnel in Antarctica, although they are not routinely assigned
One of the more onerous jobs the Marshals were tasked with was the
recovery of fugitive slaves
, as required by
the Fugitive Slave Act of
. They were also permitted to form a posse
and to deputize any
person in any community to aid in the recapture of fugitive slaves.
Failure to cooperate with a Marshal resulted in a $5000 fine and
imprisonment, a stiff penalty for those days. The Oberlin-Wellington Rescue
celebrated fugitive-slave case involving U.S. marshals. James Batchelder
was the second marshal
killed in the line of duty. Batchelder, along with others, was
preventing the rescue of fugitive slave Anthony Burns
in Boston in 1854.
In the 1960s the Marshals were on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement
providing protection to volunteers. In September 1962, President John F. Kennedy ordered 127 marshals to
accompany James Meredith, an African American who wished to register at
the segregated University of Mississippi.
Their presence on campus provoked riots at
the university, requiring President Kennedy to federalize the
to pacify the crowd, but the marshals stood their ground,
and Meredith successfully registered. Marshals provided continuous
protection to Meredith during his first year at "Ole Miss," and
Attorney General Robert F.
later proudly displayed a
marshal's dented helmet in his office. U.S. Marshals also protected
black schoolchildren integrating public schools in the South.
Artist Norman Rockwell
painting "The Problem We All Live With" depicted a tiny Ruby Bridges
being escorted by four towering
U.S. marshals in 1964.
Four US Marshals protect a witness in
a court hearing
Except for suits by incarcerated persons, non-prisoner litigants
proceeding in forma
, or (in some circumstances) by seamen, U.S.
Marshals no longer serve process in private civil actions filed in
the U.S. district courts. Under the Federal Rules of Civil
, process may be served by any U.S. citizen over the
age of 18 who is a not a party or an attorney
involved in the case.
The Marshals Service is responsible for apprehending wanted
fugitives, providing protection for the federal judiciary,
transporting federal prisoners (see JPATS
protecting endangered federal witnesses, and managing assets seized
from criminal enterprises. The Marshals Service is responsible for
55.2 percent of arrests of federal fugitives
. Between 1981 and 1985, the Marshals
Service conducted Fugitive Investigative Strike
operations to jump-start fugitive capture in specific
districts. In 2007, U.S. Marshals captured over 36,000 federal
fugitives and cleared over 38,900 fugitive warrants.
The United States Marshals Service also executes all lawful writs,
processes, and orders issued under the authority of the United
States, and shall command all necessary assistance to execute its
U.S. Marshals also have the common law based power to enlist any
willing civilians as deputies. In the Old West
this was known as forming a posse
, although under
the Posse Comitatus Act
cannot use soldiers for law enforcement duties.
Lastly Title 28 USC Chapter 37 § 564. authorizes United States
marshals, deputy marshals and such other officials of the Service
as may be designated by the Director, in executing the laws of the
United States within a State, may exercise the same powers which a
sheriff of the State may exercise in executing the laws
According to the US Marshal's website, "The U.S. Marshals Service's
primary hand gun is the Glock 22 in .40
. Each deputy may carry a backup hand gun of
their choice if it meets certain requirements." They also are
equipped with AR-15s
and 12 gauge shotguns
States Marshals Service is based in Arlington, Virginia, and, under the authority and direction of the
Attorney General, is
headed by a Director, who is assisted by a Deputy Director.
Marshals are briefed for Operation
USMS Headquarters provides command, control and cooperation for the
disparate elements of the service.
A Deputy U.S.
Marshal covers his fellow officers with an M-4 carbine during
a "knock and announce" procedure
- Director of the U.S. Marshals Service: John F. Clark
- Deputy Director of the U.S. Marshals Service: Brian Beckwith
- Chief of Staff: Sean Fahey
- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO): Joann Grady
- Office of Communications (OC)
- Office of Public Affairs (OPA): Jeff Carter, Chief
- Office of Congressional Affairs (OCA): Doug Disrud, Chief
- Office of General Counsel (OGC): Gerald M. Auerbach
- Office of Inspection (OI): Herman Brewer
- Administration Directorate: Chris Dudley, Associate Director
- Training Division: Marc A. Farmer, Assistant Director
- Human Resources Division (HRD): Darla Callaghan, Assistant
- Information Technology Division (ITD): Lisa Davis, Assistant
- Management Support Division (MSD): Don Donovan, Assistant
- Financial Services Division (FSD): Edward Dolan, Assistant
- Asset Forfeiture Division (AFD): Michael A. Pearson, Assistant
- Operations Directorate: Robert J. Finan II, Associate Director
- Judicial Security Division (JSD): Mike Prout, Assistant
- Investigative Operations Division (IOD): Mike Earp, Assistant
- Witness Security Division (WSD): Sylvester E. Jones, Assistant
- Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS): Scott
C. Rolstad, Assistant Director
- Tactical Operations Division (TOD): William D. Snelson,
- Prisoner Operations Division (POD): Candra S. Symonds,
The U.S. court system is divided into 94 Districts
, each with a U.S.
Marshal, a Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal (GS-15) (and an Assistant
Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal (GS-14) in certain larger districts),
Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshals (GS-13), and as many Deputy U.S.
Marshals (GS-5 and above) and Special Deputy U.S. Marshals as
needed. In the US federal budget for 2005, funds for 3,067 deputy
marshals and criminal investigators were provided. The US Marshal
of a US Circuit Court is the US Marshal in whose district that
court is located.
The Director and each United States Marshal is appointed by the
President of the United
and subject to confirmation by the United States Senate
. The District U.S.
Marshal is traditionally appointed from a list of qualified
personnel for that district
or state. Each state has at least one district, while several
larger states have three or more.
Deputy U.S. Marshals
Tools of the trade
Deputy U.S. Marshals are classified General Schedule
(GS) 1811 Criminal
Investigators, or a basic 082 Deputy Marshals. New Deputies are
hired under the Federal Career Internship Program (FCIP). Deputy
U.S. Marshals start their careers as 082 series DUSMs at either a
GL-5 or GL-7 pay grade. After 1 year in grade they are promoted to
GL-7 or GL-9, then GS-11, and finally journeyman GS-12. All
deputies will now receive their 1811 status at the GS-11 pay grade.
To be considered for a position as a Deputy, an individual must
attend a information session, pass a oral board interview, pass an
extensive background investigation, pass a medical examination,
pass a drug test, pass a pre-hire fitness in total exam (FIT), and
finally complete the 17 1/2 week CITP/BDUSM academy at Glynco, GA
Criminal Investigators receive an additional 25% Law Enforcement Availability
on top of their base pay.
The progression system for a DUSMs pay scale is finally on par with
other federal law enforcement agencies. Modification of this pay
scale was implemented in September 2009. This modification is
automatic progression to the next higher grade after 1 year in each
grade, up to the GS-12 level. Automatic progression to the grade of
GS-13 is in the works, and is hopeful for career Deputy U.S.
Marshals in the near future.
As of February 2007, all Deputy US Marshal new hires receive
Criminal Investigator Training and Basic Deputy US Marshal training
at the onset of employment. All previously hired 082 series DUSMs
are expected to be converted to 1811 series Criminal Investigator
DUSMs by early 2010.
Marshals arrest a suspect
When DUSMs aren't out making street arrests, they can be found
protecting government officials, seizing assets of major crime
rings, relocating and providing new identities for witnesses in the
federal witness protection program which is headed by the USMS.
Through the Adam Walsh Act
, the U.S.
Marshals Service was chosen to head up the new federal sex offender
tracking and prosecution hot team.
- United States Marshal—for the top executive Marshal's Service
position (political appointment) in a Federal judicial
- Chief Deputy United States Marshal—the senior career manager
for the Federal judicial district who is responsible for management
of the Marshal's office and staff.
- Supervisory Deputy United States Marshal—for positions in the
Marshals Service responsible for the supervision of three or more
deputy U.S. marshals and clerks.
- Deputy United States Marshal—for all nonsupervisory positions
classifiable to this series.
Special Deputy U.S. Marshals
Director of the Marshals Service is authorized by (authorizing
Director of Marshals Service to appoint "such employees as are
necessary to carry out the powers and duties of the Service") to
deputize the following individuals to perform the functions of
Deputy Marshals: selected officers or employees of the Department of
Justice; federal, state or local law enforcement officers;
private security personnel to provide
courtroom security for the Federal judiciary; and other persons
designated by the Associate Attorney
General". The first local law enforcement officer to be
deputized was Officer William Shields of the Haverford
Township Police department.
Court Security Officers
Court Security Officers, are contracted former law enforcement
officers who receive limited deputations as armed special deputy
marshals and play a vital role in courthouse security. Using
security screening systems, CSOs detect and intercept weapons and
other prohibited items that individuals attempt to bring into
federal courthouses. There are more than 4,700 CSOs with certified
law enforcement experience deployed at more than 400 federal court
facilities in the United States and its territories.
Detention Enforcement Officer
DEOs (1802s) are responsible for the care of prisoners in USMS
custody. They also are tasked with the responsibility of conducting
Administrative remedies for the US Marshal. DEOs can be seen
transporting, booking and securing federal prisoners while in USMS
custody. They also provide courtroom safety and cell block
Detention Enforcement Officers are Deputized and fully Commissioned
Federal Law Enforcement Officers by the US Marshal. They are
authorized to carry firearms and conduct all official business on
behalf of the agency. Not all districts employ Detention
The USDOJ Office of Inspector General audited the USMS computer
systems. It found that USMS didn't keep an audit trail, didn't have
unique passwords, and didn't verify the accuracy of its input data,
that a single person can create a file from start to finish, and
that its systems are vulnerable to fraudulent use.
Line of duty deaths
200 U.S. marshals, deputy marshals, and special deputy marshals
have been slain in the line of duty since Marshal Robert Forsyth was shot dead
by an intended recipient of court papers in Augusta,
Georgia on January 11, 1794.
He was the first US
Government Law Officer killed in the line of duty and the third
policeman killed since the 1789 founding of the American
Republic—the first being Constable Darius Quimby
in 1791. The
dead are remembered on an Honor Roll permanently displayed at
On March 26, 2009, the body of Deputy U.S. Marshal Vincent
Bustamante was discovered in Juarez, Mexico, according
to the U.S.
Marshals Service. It is the latest discovery in
a wave of violence related to the Mexican Drug War
. Bustamante, who was
accused of stealing and pawning
government property, was a fugitive from the law at the time of his
death. Chihuahua state police said the body had multiple wounds to
the head—apparently consistent with an execution-style
Some famous or otherwise noteworthy U.S. Marshals include:
- Jesse D. Bright (1812–1875), U.S. Marshal for
Indiana; later served as U.S. Senator for that state
- Seth Bullock (1849–1919),
businessman, rancher, sheriff for Montana,
sheriff of Deadwood, U.S. Marshal of South Dakota
Francis Colcord (1859–1934), rancher, businessman and Marshal
- Henry Dearborn (1751–1829),
Marshal for the District of
- Frederick Douglass
(1818–1895), former slave and noted Abolitionist leader, appointed U.S.
for the District of
Columbia in 1877
- Virgil Earp (1843–1905), Deputy U.S.
Marshal, Tombstone, Arizona
- Wyatt Earp (1848–1929), Deputy U.S.
Marshal (appointed to his brother Virgil Earp's place by the
Arizona Territorial Governor)
- Richard Griffith
(1814–1862), Brigadier General in
the Confederacy during
the Civil War
- Wild Bill Hickok (1837–1876),
noted Western lawman, who served as a Deputy U.S. Marshal at Fort Riley,
Kansas in 1867–1869
- Bass Reeves (July, 1838 – January,
1910) is thought by most to be one of the first African Americans to receive a commission
as a U.S. Deputy Marshal west of the Mississippi River. Before he
retired from federal service in 1907, Reeves had arrested over
- Ward Hill Lamon (1826–1893),
friend, law partner and frequent bodyguard of President Abraham Lincoln, who appointed him U.S.
for the District of
- J. J. McAlester
(1842-1920), U. S. Marshal for Indian
Territory (1893-1897), Confederate Army captain, merchant in
and founder of McAlester, Oklahoma as well as the developer of the
coal mining industry in eastern Oklahoma, one of three members of
the first Oklahoma
Corporation Commission (1907-1911) and the second Lieutenant Governor of
- Benjamin McCulloch
(1811–1862), U.S. Marshal for Eastern District of Texas; became a
brigadier general in the army of
the Confederate States during the
American Civil War
- Henry Eustace McCulloch
(1816–1895), U.S. Marshal for Eastern District of Texas. Brother of
Benjamin McCulloch; also a Confederate General
- James J. P. McShane (1909-1968), Appointed U.S.
Marshal for the District of Columbia by President John F. Kennedy then named Chief Marshal in
- John W. Marshall, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern
District of Virginia (1994–1999), first African-American to serve
as Director of the U.S. Marshals Service (1999–2001)
- Bat Masterson (1853–1921), noted
Western lawman-Deputy to US Marshal for Southern District of New
York-appointed by Theodore
- Joseph Meek
(1810–1875) Territorial Marshal for Oregon
- Robert F. Morey, Marshal for Massachusetts, designed the USMS Seal. The Marshals
Service is the only agency to have its seal created by one of its
Morris (1771–1849), Marshal for New York District.
- James F. Reilly (born 1954), NASA Astronaut
- Henry Massey
Rector (1816–1899), Marshal for Arkansas, later governor of that state
Rockwell (c.1813–1878), deputy marshal for Utah
- William Stephens Smith
(1755–1816), 1789 U.S. Marshal for New York district and son-in-law of President John Adams
Stoudenmire (1845–1882), successful City Marshal who tamed and
controlled a remote, wild and violent town of El Paso,
Texas; became U.S. Marshal serving West Texas and
New Mexico Territory just before his death
- Heck Thomas (1850–1912), Bill Tilghman (1854–1924), and Chris Madsen (1851–1944), the legendarily
fearless "Three Guardsmen" of the
- William F. Wheeler (1824–1894), Marshal for the
- James E. Williams (1930–1999), Marshal for South
Carolina, Medal Of Honor
- Sharon Lubinski , was an
assistant chief in the Minneapolis Police Department,
and was nominated as the first openly gay U.S. Marshal
Fictional U.S. Marshals
- Anderson, James: voice acted by Jeff Osterhage in the PC game
- Beck, Steven: played by Forest
Whitaker in the film Witness Protection (1999)
- Benjamin, Samuel: from 2009 book A Cowboy in Time, by
S. D. Brook
- Best, Sam: played by Joel Higgins
in the TV series Best of the
- Biggs, Bobby: played by Daniel
Roebuck in the films The Fugitive (1993) and
U.S. Marshals (1998).
- Blake, Anita: from the series
Anita Blake: Vampire
- Bonnet, Eli: from the 1996 novel, Whispers of the
River, by Tom Hron.
- Buckhart,Sam: Native American Marshall played by Michael Ansara in the NBC series Law of the Plainsman
- Burch, Elias: played by Willie
Nelson in the TV series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
- Cahill, J. D.: played by John Wayne
in the film Cahill U.S.
- Cain, Sam: played by Brett Cullen
in the TV series The Young
- Deputy Marshal: played by Craig Reay
- Carter, Jack:
played by Colin Ferguson in
the TV series Eureka
- Carter, Ray: played by Robert
Patrick, as the head of the U. S. Marshal Service in the film
Full Throttle (2003).
- Cogburn, Reuben J.
"Rooster": played by
John Wayne in the films True Grit (1969) and Rooster Cogburn (1975), and by Warren Oates in a 1978 TV sequel
- Cooper, Jed: played by Clint
Eastwood in the film Hang 'Em
- Cooper, Savannah: played by Latanya Richardson in the film
U.S. Marshals (1998).
- County, Brisco: played by R.
Lee Ermey in the TV series The Adventures of Brisco
County, Jr. (1993).
- Craddock, Jack: played by Richard
Comar in the TV series Bordertown (1989).
- Crown, Jim: played by Stuart
Whitman in the TV series Cimarron
- David: A minor character at the same a Marshal played by
David U. Hodges in the film The Fugitive (1993)
- Deguerin, Robert: played by James
Caan in the film Eraser
- Dillon, Matt: played by
William Conrad in the radio series
(1952–1961) and by James Arness in the
TV series (1955–1975) Gunsmoke.
- Dixon, Wildhorse: from the novel, Topaz, by Beverly
- Drake, Eddie: played by Lee
Tergesen in the TV series Wanted (2005).
- Elam, Cord: Federal Marshal and cowboy from the musical
- Goode, Chester B.: played by Dennis
Weaver (Dillon’s deputy).
- Haggen, Festus: played by Ken Curtis
- Eckerson, Andy: played by Craig
Bierko in the Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit episode "Escape" (2003).
Edward, AKA Ted (Theodore) Forrester: from the series
Anita Blake: Vampire
- Gerard, Samuel: played by
Tommy Lee Jones in the films
(1993) and U.S.
- Gordon, Artemus: played by Ross
Martin in the T.V. series The
Wild Wild West (1965) and by Kevin
Kline in the film Wild Wild
West (1999). (Artemus Gordon was a Special Agent of the US
- Hamilton, Barnett: played by Monty
Stuart (Hunter’s deputy).
- Henry: played by Johnny Lee
Davenport in the films The Fugitive (1993) and
U.S. Marshals (1998).
- “the Highwayman”: played by Sam J.
Jones in the TV series The Highwayman (1987,
- Hunter, Teaspoon: played by Anthony
Zerbe in the TV series The
Young Riders (1990–1992).
- Kane, Morgan: from the Morgan Kane
Book series by Louis Masterson.
- Kane, Will: played by Gary Cooper in
the film High Noon (1952).
Kirkland, Lawrence: from the series Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter
- Kruger, John: played by Arnold
Schwarzenegger in the film Eraser (1996).
- Larkin, Vince: played by John Cusack
in the film Con Air (1997).
- La Roca, Jack: played by Lou
Diamond Phillips in the film Route 666 (2001).
- Long, Custis: fictional character in the Longarm western series
- MacBride, Winston: played by Jeff
Fahey in the TV series The
- Maddox, Jared: played by Burt
Lancaster in the film Lawman
- Mann, Marshall: played by Frederick
Weller in the TV Series In Plain
- Mars, Edward: played by Fredric
Lehne in the TV series Lost (2004–2005).
- McCloud, Sam: played by Dennis
Weaver in the TV series McCloud (1970–1977).
- McQueen, Stan: played by Paul
Ben-Victor in the TV series In
- Merrick, Len: played by Kirk
Douglas in the film Along
the Great Divide (1951).
- Morgan, Frank: played by John
Bromfield in the TV series Sheriff of Cochise (1956–1958) and
U.S. Marshal (1958–1960).
- Morgan, Matt: played by Kirk
Douglas in the film Last Train from Gun Hill
- Nessip, Pete: played by Wesley
Snipes in the film Drop
- Newman, Noah: played by Tom Wood in the
films The Fugitive
(1993) and U.S.
- Nightingale, Howard: played by Kirk
Douglas in the film Posse
- O'Niel, W. T.: played by Sean
Connery in the film Outland (1981). (Note his badge at the
end of U.S. Marshals Badges).
- Poole: played by L. Scott Caldwell in the film The Fugitive (1993).
- Renfro, Cosmo: played by Joe
Pantoliano in the films The Fugitive (1993) and
U.S. Marshals (1998).
- Scanlon, Ike: played by Lee Van
Cleef in the TV Movie Nowhere to Hide (1977).
- Sisco, Karen: from the 1996 novel, Out of Sight, by Elmore Leonard. Played by Jennifer Lopez in the film Out of Sight (1998), and by Carla Gugino in the TV series Karen Sisco (2003–2004).
- Shannon, Mary: played by Mary
McCormack in the TV series In
Plain Sight (2008)
- Stetko, Carrie: from the 1998 comic series Whiteout by Greg Rucka and Steve
Lieber, and its 2000 sequel.
Played by Kate Beckinsale in the
2009 film adaptation.
- Stevens: played by Steve
Baracella in the film The Fugitive (1993)
- West, James: played by Robert
Conrad on the T.V. series The
Wild Wild West (1965) and by Will
Smith in the film Wild
Wild West (1999). (James West was a Special Agent of the
US Secret Service)
- White, Colton 'Cole': from the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Xbox
360 game GUN.
- Zachary, Ed: from the Morgan Kane
Book series by Louis Masterson.
15 Most Wanted
The Marshals Service publicizes the names of wanted persons it
places on the list of U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted
, which is similar to and sometimes overlapping the
FBI Ten Most Wanted
list or the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
Most Wanted List,
depending on jurisdiction.
( 15 Most wanted website
The 15 Most Wanted Fugitive Program was established in 1983 in an
effort to prioritize the investigation and apprehension of
high-profile offenders who are considered to be some of the
country’s most dangerous fugitives. These offenders tend to be
career criminals with histories of violence or whose instant
offense(s) pose a significant threat to public safety. Current and
past fugitives in this program include murderers, sex offenders
, major drug
, organized crime
figures, and individuals wanted for high-profile financial
The Major Case Fugitive Program was established in 1985 in an
effort to supplement the successful 15 Most Wanted Fugitive
Program. Much like the 15 Most Wanted Fugitive Program, the Major
Case Fugitive Program prioritizes the investigation and
apprehension of high-profile offenders who are considered to be
some of the country’s most dangerous individuals. All escapes from
custody are automatically elevated to Major Case status.
- POSITION CLASSIFICATION STANDARD FOR UNITED STATES MARSHAL
- Position Classification Standard for General
Investigating/Criminal Investigating Series, GS-1810/1811
- U.S. Office of Personnel Management 2 United States Marshal
Series, GS-0082 TS-14 June 1973
- DOL WHD: SCA Occupation Directory - 27010 COURT
- Marshal Robert Forsyth, United States Department of
Justice - Marshals Service
- http://www.odmp.org/officer.php?oid=16907 Constable Darius
- Edgar Roman, a reporter with XHIJ television in Juarez
- Current U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted
- ATF Online - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
- Current U.S. Marshals Service Major Case