The USMS credo is Justice. Integrity. Service. It is tasked to perform various and vital law enforcement activities covering all the US states and its protectorates. As such the USMS is considered to be the most versatile federal law enforcement agency in the country. Also, the USMS is involved in almost every federal law enforcement initiative and projects thereby according it a uniquely central position in the federal justice system (“United States Marshals Service”, 2006).
There are around 4,800 deputy marshals and career employees who perform different functions, duties and missions for the USMS every day. These tasks are: Judicial Security, Fugitive Investigations, Witness Security Program, Prisoner Services, Asset Forfeiture Program, Service of Court Process, the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System or JPATS and the Special Missions Program (“United States Marshals Service”, 2006). Organization The United States Marshals Service’s headquarters is located in Arlington, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, DC area.
The USMS is under the jurisdiction of the US Department of Justice. The Attorney General has the overall authority over the USMS (“United States Marshals Service”, 2006). The USMS headquarters is headed by a director, assisted by a deputy director. Under the directors are the chief of staff, the equal employment opportunity officer and the office of the general counsel. Next in line is the comptroller/chief financial officer followed by several assistant directors who head the various divisions of the service.
The current serving top leaders of the USMS are Director John F. Clark and Deputy Director Robert Trono (“United States Marshals Service”, 2006). The different divisions headed by the assistant directors are the business services, information technology, executive services, human resources, investigative services, judicial services, operations support division, justice prisoner alien transportation system, witness security and prisoner operations (“United States Marshals Service”, 2006).
The US court system is divided into 94 districts which are supervised by the US Marshals Service. The ninety-four US Marshals, appointed by the US President or the Attorney General, direct the activities of these 94 district offices composed of personnel positioned in more than 350 locations scattered around the 50 states and other territories such as Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands. Why USMS?
I choose the USMS to do my internship because I believe that it is the most competent federal law enforcement agency in the country. And because of the Marshals Service’s variety of functions, I believe that I will be able to learn more about the country’s many different law enforcement and procedures in the USMS compared to other specialized federal law enforcement agency where they focus on their specialization. Another reason I choose the Marshals Service to do my internship is because of its rich history dating back since the time of our nation’s birth.
With such colorful past, I will not only learn about federal law enforcement from the early days to the present but also while doing so, gain more knowledge about our nation’s history because the USMS story is intertwined with our country’s wonderful past. Lastly, by doing my internship with the USMS, I hope to be able to contribute to the preservation of peace and order in our country even in a very small way because I believe that peace and order contributes a lot to a nation’s economic growth.
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