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November 08. 2012 11:39PM

Sheriffs team up with U.S. Marshals

CONCORD - United States Marshal David Cargill Jr. and Hillsborough County Sheriff James Hardy have joined forces and resources in a full-time commitment to the United States Marshals-New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force.

The agreement had been on a part-time basis since 2002, but because Hillsborough County is the state's most populated, it made sense to have the effort be full time, said Hillsborough County Sheriff James Hardy.

There are agreements with all 10 county sheriffs, the New Hampshire State Police and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to work together to address the warrant backlog in New Hampshire.

Pooling resources is an efficient way to locate and arrest violent fugitives within the state, said Cargill.

"The United States Marshals are extremely dedicated and knowledgeable in the field of fugitive investigations and this pairing with skilled and experienced fugitive investigators from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is a natural fit," said Cargill.

Hardy said Hillsborough County receives a large amount of felony warrants from the courts. "Combining our resources and manpower will assist in the reduction of outstanding warrants and reduce the amount of wanted felons on the streets of Hillsborough County resulting in even safer streets," said Hardy.

The New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force also has a "Fugitive of the Week" program that broadcasts a different fugitive each week on WTPL-FM radio, WMUR-TV, and the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper.

The United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, seven regional task forces and a growing network of offices in foreign countries.

Arrests under this program have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. "It is this kind of collaborative effort that has proven itself to be highly effective in helping get dangerous people off our streets," said Belknap County Sheriff Craig Wiggins.

"We have seen first-hand here in Belknap County how effective the task force is in mobilizing resources that otherwise take considerable time to organize."

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