Operation FALCON Takes The Nation By Storm
The week of April 4th through 10th, 2005, the United States Marshals Service led a nationwide fugitive apprehension operation, combining the resources of federal, state, city and county law enforcement agencies in a joint effort to locate and apprehend criminals. It was the largest fugitive sweep in American history. Operation FALCON (Federal And Local Cops Organized Nationally) was conducted in conjuction with National Crime Victims' Rights Week to honor the victims of the Oklahoma City Bombing and September 11th.
April 19, 2005 will mark the 10th anniversary of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. At the time, it was the deadliest criminal action committed on U.S. soil. However, the terrorist acts on September 11, 2001 surpassed the devastation of the Oklahoma City bombing. Since the horrific events of September 11, 2001, law enforcement officers of all agencies across the nation and world have learned that no single law enforcement agency can solve the problem of violent crime alone. Thus, agencies across the country teamed up with the United States Marshals during National Crime Victims' Rights Week in an effort to bring violent criminals to justice.
The operation was organized by the nation's fugitive hunting specialists: the U.S. Marshals. For Operation Falcon, they deputized police from nearly one thousand local, state, and federal agencies across the country.
America's Most Wanted Along For The Ride
America's Most Wanted was there as the U.S. Marshals, with the help of city, county, state and federal agencies, took down some of America's toughest criminals. For America's Most Wanted it was like a big family reunion, working together again with trusted friends from police departments from coast to coast. But, for many of these agencies, it was their first opportunity to work together. The goal: to combine resources to grab as many fugitives as possible in a one week period. The procedure was the same across the country: gather outstanding warrants, research the fugitives, brief all the members of the team, then hit the streets.
Nationally, Operation FALCON put more than 10,000 suspects behind bars. Among the 10,340 people captured between April 4 and April 10 are 162 accused or convicted of murder, 638 wanted for armed robbery, 553 wanted for rape or sexual assault, 154 gang members and 106 unregistered sex offenders. Operation FALCON took 243 illegal weapons off the streets and made more than 200 drug seizures.
All in all, Operation FALCON was an overwhelming succes, not only taking bad guys off the streets, but strengthening ties between law enforcement agencies across the country.
US Marshals meet to discuss their plan of attack.