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What Is The Role Of The U.S. Marshals?

Tue Aug 30, 2005 11:20 pm

Many countries have national polices. Czechia has the Police of the Czech Republic, which I see in Prague more often than Prague police. Canada has the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, whose presence is not really felt in Toronto, but their role is by no means insignificant. However, there doesn´t seem to be one official national police in America. You have the FBI for intelligence and a number of other law enforcement agencies under different departments. But there is one whose name crops up from time to time, and these look to me like the closest you have to a national police - the U.S. Marshals Service.

Or is that their role? They seem to keep a very low profile. What exactly is their mandate?
 
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RE: What Is The Role Of The U.S. Marshals?

Tue Aug 30, 2005 11:32 pm

http://www.usmarshals.gov/duties/index.html
They don't seem to be a national police so to speak, but rather a support agency. You usually see them escorting people back into the U.S. who fled to another country to escape prosecution. It seems like they're a branch of the Dept. of Justice.
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RE: What Is The Role Of The U.S. Marshals?

Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:41 am

The US Marshall’s Service is the law enforcement agency tasked with supporting the operations of the Federal Court system.

There are many federal law enforcement agencies within the DoJ and elsewhere, but the one that is preeminent and comes closest to being the "National Police" is the FBI.
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RE: What Is The Role Of The U.S. Marshals?

Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:46 am

However, there doesn´t seem to be one official national police in America. You have the FBI for intelligence and a number of other law enforcement agencies under different departments.

FBI is the closest we have to a "National Police". CIA is for intelligence, though I believe FBI does counter-intelligence operations.

As mentioned, the US Marshall's is in support of Federal Courts so they are in charge of tracking down fugitives who flea the country, transporting important prisoners, etc.
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RE: What Is The Role Of The U.S. Marshals?

Wed Aug 31, 2005 1:01 am

They not only provide the Federal courts with in arresting wanted suspects, as well as security, but they also support the prison system with fugitive retrieval.

They also provide law enforcement at the behest of the Attorney General wherever they are assigned.....usually when there is a breakdown in local law enforcement or a total lack thereof.

One example of their use was in the hurricane that hit the USVI about 10 or so years ago and local conditions descended into anarchy. They sent 100 US Deputy Marshals along with the US Marshal for the area into St. Thomas to restore order and re-establish peace.

Think of them as your local Sheriff's office, but with nationwide authority.

The FBI is not a "national police" and if we had to make comparisons the US Marshals Service would be the closest to one.
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RE: What Is The Role Of The U.S. Marshals?

Wed Aug 31, 2005 5:06 am

Quoting RJpieces (Reply 3):
CIA is for intelligence, though I believe FBI does counter-intelligence operations.

The CIA is foreign intelligence, technically the CIA is not supposed to operate in the US and the FBI does their work here.

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