John F. Clark, Director, U.S. Marshals Service

by John Morton

DomesticPreparedness met with John F. Clark, Director, U.S. Marshals Service. The director of the U.S. Marshals Service details the wide variety of support – technical and operational – the USMS provides to state and local law-enforcement agencies in times of emergency, whether they are natural disasters or terrorist/security threats.

DomPrep has divided the 30 minute interview into 5 segments.

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Listen to Audio Segment One Overview of the Marshals Service Support to State and Local Law Enforcement

The roles played by the USMS Special Operations Group in disaster support and by the USMS Technical Operations Group in interoperability support.

Duration: 3 Minutes 03 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Two The Marshals Service and its Inter-Agency Interfaces

The primary role of the USMS in providing protection for the judicial branch of government and in executing that branch’s continuity of operations/government plan. USMS participation in regional meetings at the field-office and federal levels. The USMS role as a member of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, and how U.S. marshals on such task forces would be of use in major incidents. The success of Operation Falcon and the fugitive-apprehension program, and coordination with state and local LE.

Duration: 4 Minutes 31 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Three The Marshals Service and Intergovernmental Interfaces

Deployment of marshals to judiciaries for technical assistance, threat mitigation, and threat management. Deputizing of local and state LE to extend authorities beyond parent jurisdictions. Contracting for prisoner transportation and incarceration. The role of USMS field offices in resolving interoperability issues through cooperation and collaboration. Information sharing in the Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs), particularly as related to the third branch and fugitive apprehension.

Duration: 8 Minutes 12 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Four The Marshals Services and Information Sharing

The role of the USMS Threat Analysis and Intelligence Center and the focus on threats to the judiciary. The success of the Warrant Information Network (WIN) system in two-way information sharing. The best-practice information-sharing examples provided by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) fusion center and cross-training via the USMS regional fugitive-apprehension task forces in Los Angeles and New York City.

Duration: 4 Minutes 50 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Five The Marshals Service and Consequence Management

The use of marshals to help protect and/or restore infrastructure. The Technology Working Group’s focus on technologies for fugitive apprehension. The use of the USMS HazMat response team to mitigate CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiation, nuclear, explosives) incidents. The use of the team by local authorities during the Moussaoui trial in Alexandria, Va. The heroic use of marshals during Katrina response operations in escorting water and food convoys, providing fuel-depot security, and carrying out waterborne search-and-rescue operations against violent criminal bands.

Duration: 10 Minutes 21 Seconds

John F. Clark was appointed by President George W. Bush on March 17, 2006 to serve as the ninth Director of the United States Marshals Service. Mr. Clark is a 23-year veteran of the United States Marshals Service and prior to his appointment as Director, was appointed by President Bush to serve as the United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. Clark also served as the Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal and Acting Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Mr. Clark began his career with the United States Marshals Service in the Northern District of California, where he served in the San Francisco and San Jose offices. Mr. Clark has held other senior management positions within the Marshals Service, including Chief Inspector of the Internal Affairs Division and Chief Inspector of the International Fugitive Investigations Division. Mr. Clark also served for seven years as a member of the Special Operations Group.