The branch of American law enforcement about which the least is known, the U.S. Marshals Service is the oldest and the most effective, dealing with more violent criminal offenders (by far) than any other agency.
The Marshals’ primary mission is not to investigate crimes, nor even to prosecute them; its task is simply to track down and arrest the most dangerous people in America. It’s an extraordinarily hazardous job: almost every year the Marshals are involved in considerably more gun battles and physical arrests than the FBI.
From one of the recently retired 3rd highest ranking member of the Marshals Mike Earp (descendant of the most famous Marshal of all-time, Wyatt Earp), U.S. MARSHALS is a fascinating tour of the agency’s creation, through to the astonishing operations it carries out today. The two century history of the Marshals Service is replete with famous gunslingers and gunfights, including the Earp brothers’ Gunfight at the OK Corral. In addition, the Marshal Service fought in the border wars of old, and played an integral role playing in helping to integrate the nation.
In 1979, the Marshal Service was given the new task of pursuing the nation’s most violent criminals. The situation changed once again drastically in the wake of 9/11, when Congress mandated the Marshals establish permanent regional task forces around the country, in which federal, state and local law enforcement agencies would join together to target the most dangerous fugitives in the world: terrorists, murders, rapists, drug runners, gun runners; apprehending the worst of the worst is the permanent province of the Marshals.
Written with full cooperation of the U.S. Marshals, U.S. MARSHALS gives the public an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the history and present workings of the most storied law enforcement agency in America.
- Publication Date:
- 03 / 06 / 2014