Former Associate Director for Operations of the US Marshals Service, Mike Earp, wrote a book to inform America about this under the radar law enforcement agency. Inside America’s Most Storied Law Enforcement Service co-authored with David Fisher offers a behind the scenes look at this agency.
A US Marshal is one of the most dangerous jobs in law enforcement, having been involved in more gun battles and physical arrests than even the FBI.
The book begins with the establishment by George Washington of this agency as the police force of the federal court system. Most everyone can remember the glamorous names of these famous US Marshals of the past, some fictional and some not, such as Wyatt Earp (no relation), Wild Bill Hickok, Bat Masterson, and Matt Dillon. The author describes how the Marshal transitioned from being almost a Wild West Sheriff to a fugitive hunter.
He told blackfive.net, “During the Old West Marshals were more like a national sheriff department that transported prisoners around the country. From the time of George Washington to the present day all US Marshals are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. This is why there is a change every four to eight years. Very few stay on from administration to administration.”