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Fugitive Investigator Training Program

According to 1995 National Crime Information Center statistics, there were approximately 390,000 Federal, State, and local fugitive warrants on file.  Defying the system of justice, the fugitive represents a grave and imminent threat to society.  As the agency with primary responsibility for Federal fugitive apprehensions, the United States Marshals Service (USMS) has initiated an enforcement program to alleviate this threat and its attendant problem of recidivism-the Fugitive Investigation Strike Team (FIST).  A joint USMS, State and local effort, the FIST operations have been successful in arresting over 14,000 fugitives during the past several years. The USMS has also initiated six Regional Fugitive Task Forces (RFTF); each consisting of various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Drawing on the extensive experience gained from this mutual cooperation, the United States Marshals Service, in conjunction with the National Center for State and Local Law Enforcement Training at the FLETC, worked with numerous representatives to develop this training program. Among the representatives were experienced investigators from various police departments, including Los Angeles, New York, Miami, INTERPOL, and faculty members from two major universities' criminal justice departments.

The program is designed for the warrant supervisor, fugitive investigator, task force officer and instructor. The purpose of the program is to provide instruction which will enable them to identify and implement elements necessary for conducting safe and effective fugitive apprehension operations. The schedule is structured to reflect the conventional fugitive investigation, but will include major obstacles and issues that the warrant investigator may encounter. Special emphasis is placed on sources of information and the operational aspects of the physical arrest.  The program will consist of lectures, discussions and skills enhancement, culminating in a series of practical exercises which are designed to reinforce classroom instruction.

Type: Advanced

Length: 5 days


  • Computer Tactics
  • Financial Surveillance
  • Electronic Surveillance
  • Judgment Pistol Shooting
  • Tactical Drills
  • Warrant Execution Lab
  • Legal Considerations
  • Building Entry Tactics
  • Statement Analysis
  • Technical Surveillance Equipment
  • Use of Force Issues
  • Officer Survival
  • Fugitive Case Management
  • Non-Verbal Communication
  • Transition Drills

Who Should Attend?

Applicants must be full-time law enforcement officers or instructors, whose primary concentration is the apprehension of fugitives. Due to the stressful situations encountered during this training, it is essential that all applicants be in sound physical condition.

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