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Book Review - "U.S. Marshals - Inside America's Most Storied Law Enforcement Service"

The following book review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper.  You can read all of our book reviews by clicking on the Books category link on the far right sidebar.

9780062227232_p0_v3_s260x420Former Associate Director for Operations of the US Marshals Service, Mike Earp, wrote a book to inform America about this under the radar law enforcement agency.  Inside America’s Most Storied Law Enforcement Service co-authored with David Fisher offers a behind the scenes look at this agency.  A US Marshal is one of the most dangerous jobs in law enforcement, having been involved in more gun battles and physical arrests than even the FBI.

The book begins with the establishment by George Washington of this agency as the police force of the federal court system.  Most everyone can remember the glamorous names of these famous US Marshals of the past, some fictional and some not, such as Wyatt Earp (no relation), Wild Bill Hickok, Bat Masterson, and Matt Dillon.  The author describes how the Marshal transitioned from being almost a Wild West Sheriff to a fugitive hunter. 

He told blackfive.net, “During the Old West Marshals were more like a national sheriff department that transported prisoners around the country. From the time of George Washington to the present day all US Marshals are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.  This is why there is a change every four to eight years.  Very few stay on from administration to administration.”

Earp wrote the book because he feels many Americans do not understand the significance and duties of a US Marshal.  He discusses the original duties from being the protector of court officers to prisoner transport to the agency running the Witness Protection Program.  Beginning in the 1980s a transition occurred where they gradually took on the responsibility of tracking down and arresting fugitives wanted by any Federal government agency. After 2001 their jurisdiction was expanded to being able to track down those fugitives wanted by state and local governments; although, the FBI still handles those fugitives that have threatened national security.

Some of the most interesting parts of the book are the discussions on how certain fugitives were captured. Among them are the convicted spy, Christopher Boyce, who sold US satellite secrets to the Russians, Whitey Bulger; the notorious Boston organized crime figure; and the former Panamanian politician Manuel Noriega.  He explained, “In each of these cases we did something a little different.  We found and arrested Boyce.  Regarding Bulger we did the research to locate him.  With Noriega we worked closely with the military, made the actual arrest, and secured the Panama airport as we transported him back to the US.”

He wants to give a shout-out to the military veterans and to let them know that the US Marshal agency always is looking to hire from their ranks.  He wrote the book to let people know the who, what, and history of the US Marshal.  Readers will understand how the men and women of this agency work tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure those bad guys are arrested and brought back to jail to face justice.  As the saying goes, “Crime knows no holiday, nor does criminals or those who pursue them.” Those working in this law enforcement agency are the quiet heroes.

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