Fugitive Task Force

Fugitive Task Force - Sheriff's Star and US Marshal's Star

An Effective Law Enforcement Partnership

A detective from your Sheriff's Office is assigned full time to the U.S. Marshal's Service Fugitive Task Force in Portland. This important task force is funded by the Oregon Department of Justice High Density Drug Trafficking Area Program. Not all counties in Oregon qualify for the program's resources, and not all qualifying counties assign personnel to this important work. The task force mission is to locate and arrest fugitives – people who are wanted on felony (highest crime level) arrest warrants.


The task force does not take over a case, but rather works the case with the local agency and opens the door to the entire fugitive network of the U.S. Marshal Service. The U.S. Marshal's Office has state-of-the-art resources to locate people (who often do not want to be found). In some cases, they have located wanted suspects within one day of receiving the call.

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When the wanted subject is located, the Task Force responds with a full arrest team. If necessary, they will call upon the Washington County Sheriff's Tactical Negotiations Team. On the other hand, Task Force personnel could be in a neighborhood blending in, just waiting to spot their subject.


On a national level, in fiscal year 2015, the Marshals apprehended more than 33,000 federal fugitives, clearing more than 36,000 federal felony warrants. In addition, 66,386 state and local fugitives were arrested, clearing 82,557 state and local felony warrants.