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The US Marshals Museum – A Few Interesting Facts

US Marshals

are passionate about United States law and are required to put themselves in extremely high risk situations to protect their country. One of the key roles of US Marshals is searching for and apprehending fugitives. Following are interesting facts about this noble profession and US Marshals service career requirements.

Career Requirements

The US Marshals Service requires applicants to have a bachelor’s degree along with superior academic achievement, graduate work in fields related to law enforcement and/or 3 years of relevant work experience. US Marshal’s need to be courageous, have excellent judgment, must be able to act rationally under extraordinary pressure, and be in excellent physical condition. As a matter of fact, it’s crucial that you’re physically fit before considering this career path because you’ll be required to get through basic training which will require that you run as much as 10 miles in at times humid, hot weather conditions and take part in a wide range of physically challenging exercises.

Salaries range between 38,511 to 48,708 for entry level positions and in many cases are determined by the location in which you’re employed. The salaries in other related fields are fairly similar.

A Few Interesting US Marshals Service Facts

1. The US Marshals Service was founded on September 24, 1789 when George Washington signed the Judiciary Act, and is the oldest federal law enforcement agency in the United States.

2. The first African American to achieve a US Marshals Service career (1877-1881) was Frederick Douglass who was appointed by President Hayes.

3. Wyatt Earp was appointed deputy US Marshal (his brother Virgil was a US Marshal) after the death of his brother Morgan which he retained for around 6 months. Wyatt was deputized in order to take part the Tombstone fight along with his brother Morgan and his temporary ranking ended right after the fight. During Wyatt’s brief time as deputy US Marshal he shot a number of suspects who played a part in his brother’s death.

4. The US Marshals Service operates the Witness Security program which was authorized by the 1970 Organized Crime Control Act. Since its inception, over 9,500 family members and 7,500 witnesses have entered the program where they are protected, given new identities and relocated. When it comes to the vast array of duties involved in a US Marshal’s career, this program is one of the most recognized for providing an incomparable, valuable tool in fighting the war against organized crime and key criminal conspirators.

5. The US Marshals Service also played an important role in school integrations taking place in the South beginning in the late 1950’s. Following the Central High Crisis in Little Rock, AR in 1957, President Eisenhower decided to have civilian law enforcement personnel enforce civilian law which is when he chose to involve US Marshals. Important historical moments they were involved in was when they escorted the first 4 African American first graders into New Orleans school district schools during integration in 1960, and 2 years later when 300 of the Marshals escorted James Meredith into University of Mississippi, Oxford to enroll.

Additional responsibilities included in a US Marshals Service career are protecting federal courts and enforcing the decisions made by said courts. In addition, they ensure the safety of over 400 courthouses and 2,000 judges nationwide, install and monitor security systems, escort and watch over high risk trials and the individuals involved, review suspicious mail and provide security at judicial conferences.

US Marshals Service career opportunities are abundant throughout the United States however it’s a tough job that you’ll need to prepare for in advance; that being said it’s a very rewarding and respected field as well.

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