Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 8, 2011
Sen. Kim David with (L-R) retired Deputy U.S. Marshal from
Ketchum, Oklahoma Dave Bradley; Executive Director
of the U.S. Marshal Museum in Fort Smith, Arkansas Jim Dunn; her
husband, Deputy U.S. Marshal
for Eastern Oklahoma Dan David and U.S. Marshal for the Eastern
District of Oklahoma John Loyd.
Senate commends U.S. Marshals Service
The State Senate recognized and honored the country’s oldest
federal law enforcement agency Monday. Sen. Kim David authored Senate
Concurrent Resolution 7 commending the U.S. Marshals and their role
in Oklahoma history.
“Of the more than 250 documented U.S. Marshals and Deputies
who lost their lives in the line of duty, more were killed in Indian
and Oklahoma Territory than anywhere else in the nation. For this
reason, I think it’s fitting that we honor this agency and
the men and women who serve in it,” said David, R-Wagoner.
“They have served our country and enforced the law during
times of domestic unrest including the Whiskey Rebellion of 1974,
the Civil War, the Civil Rights Era and continue to serve the people
of Oklahoma today by pursuing and arresting fugitives, sexual predators
and other dangerous criminals.”
President George Washington established the U.S. Marshals by signing
into law SB 1 on September 24, 1789, making the U.S. Marshals the
oldest federal law enforcement agency in the country. The agency
played a key role in establishing law and order in Indian Territory
and Oklahoma Territory prior to statehood in 1907.
SCR 7 also showed the Oklahoma Senate’s support of the creation
of the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Senator David
was joined on the floor by U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District
of Oklahoma John Loyd; Deputy U.S. Marshal for Eastern Oklahoma
and Sen. David’s husband, Dan David; retired Deputy U.S. Marshal
from Ketchum, Oklahoma Dave Bradley; and Executive Director of the
U.S. Marshal Museum to be built Fort Smith, Arkansas Jim Dunn.
“The United State Marshals Museum when built, along with planned
tours in eastern Oklahoma, will be a boon to both the State of Arkansas
and Oklahoma. It will help create jobs, increase tourism and help
educate citizens about the history of the U.S. Marshals and the
impact they’ve had on the state of Oklahoma and our country,”
The U.S. Marshals Service administers the Department of Justice
Asset Forfeiture Program that converts assets seized from criminals
used in certain criminal enterprises to cash and returns millions
of dollars to the victims of crime and to the state and local law
enforcement agencies nationwide.
Heightened security was provided by the agency in the courtroom
and elsewhere as well as protection for the federal judiciary and
court personnel in the aftermath of the bombing of the Alfred P.
Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma in 1995. Former Deputy Bradley
played a critical role in protecting the judiciary and providing
security for Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.
The agency made nearly 2,800 fugitive arrests in Oklahoma in FY
2008 and returned around $5.35 million to state and local law enforcement
agencies. Nearly 4,100 arrests were made and over $6.6 million seized
in FY 2009.
The U.S. Marshals Service promotes the administration of justice
by protecting members of the federal judiciary, transporting and
incarcerating federal prisoners and protecting witnesses in high
profile criminal prosecutions. The agency also operates the Justice
Prisoner and Alien Transportation (JPATS) program that completes
over 300,000 prisoner and alien movements per year by aircraft and
ground transportation with air fleet operations located in Oklahoma
For more information contact:
Sen. David: (405) 521-5590