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U.S. Marshals Service deputizes area adult probation personnel

Deputized United States Marshals from the adult probation and parole office in Price discuss their newly acquired jurisdictional rights.

Sun Advocate reporter

Members of the Utah Department of Corrections office in Price were deputized by the United States Marshals Service last month.

The action will make the adult probation officers members of the joint criminal apprehension team and add to the nationally growing dragnet geared toward cracking down on dangerous criminals that attempt to elude authorities.

The deputizing of the officers will enable them with the right to make arrests anywhere on United States soil, including Indian reservations.

According to adult probation regional adminstrator Richard Laursen, without having jurisdiction limits, the officers will be able to cut through a lot of red tape, ultimately making it easier to apprehend dangerous felons and save valuable time and money in the process.

Along with the expansion of jurisdiction, the corrections department will be able to utilize vital technology through the federal marshals office that was not available prior to the partnership.

The adult probation officers who were deputized include Cletis Steele, Jeff Wood, James Weaver, Wade Allinson, Tom Cosmack, Jared Freeman and Richard Laursen.

"We missed this year's annual event known as Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally, but will be participating next year," said Laursen. "FALCON provides cohesiveness between the region's different agencies and focuses on one specific area at a time, allowing the joint task force to make the maximum amount of arrests due to collective efforts."

Each year, the number of law enforcement agencies participating in the fugitive roundup has increased.

"Known throughout the state, JCAT is a marshals led, multi-agency fugitive unit composed of officers who work together in a coordinated effort to locate and arrest fugitives," said James Thompson, chief deputy U.S. Marshals. "Their combined individual strengths, resources, investigative techniques and cohesiveness result in successful operations. This year, there were officers from 35 federal, state, county and city law enforcement agencies who worked tirelessly in an effort to make Utah safer by taking these criminals into custody."

According to Laursen, the initiative represented the fourth effort in a continuing series of national fugitive apprehension missions. The effort has resulted in the collective capture of more than 36,500 dangerous fugitive felons. FALCON proved the efficiency of the cooperative law enforcement model, which seeks to multiply the positive impact of law enforcement at all jurisdictional levels.

FALCON II and III reaffirmed and built upon the success of the initial nationwide operation, achieving comparable levels of total arrests, while each operation covered only one half of the nation.

According to a press release by the U.S Marshals Office on June 24, FALCON II and III innovated in another important way by incorporating a targeted approach to combating a particular category of fugitive offender.

The results of the innovation speaks for itself as FALCON II and III investigators successfully removed more than 2,700 dangerous sex offenders and 520 violent gang members from America's communities.

According to U.S. marshal officials, project FALCON continued to promote the important efforts this year, but took on a more focused, long-term approach by targeting 27 cities and regions experiencing elevated levels of criminal activity.

Working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Center for Missing

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