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FALCON swoops down to Capture Criminals

Posted in Crime Prevention July 18th, 2008 @ 10:11 am

Operation FALCON (Federal And Local Cops Organized Nationally) is a nationwide fugitive apprehension operation coordinated by the United States Marshals Service (USMS). This operation uses the resources of federal, state, city and county law enforcement agencies to locate and apprehend criminals wanted for crimes of violence.

This year during the last week in June, FALCON captured and arrested 112 fugitives throughout Minnesota. The suspects had outstanding felony warrants for a variety offenses including assault, narcotics, robbery, and one was wanted for a homicide in St. Paul. Several gang members were also arrested. One suspect who was a sex offender and failed to register was basically off the radar but the officers involved in FALCON tracked him down and arrested him in the Champlain area.

Since its inception in 2005, Operation FALCON has sworn in participating local officers as Special Deputy U.S. Marshals. During the last three years, FALCON has made more than 36,500 arrests of dangerous fugitive felons and cleared more than 45,000 warrants. It continues to be the largest and most successful fugitive apprehension effort in U.S. Marshals history.

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