USMS Deputy Marshal Description

The Deputy U.S. Marshal is a highly skilled law enforcement officer which must perform a wide variety of investigative, security and intelligence duties. As the primary field officer for the U.S. Marshal Service, the responsibility for the safety of key federal officials, federal case witnesses, strategic national security installations and the general public rests on their shoulders. Because the federal courts are intrinsically involved in almost all law enforcement operations and because the USMS is the law enforcement unit for the judiciary, Deputy U.S. Marshals are involved in virtually every national security and law enforcement initiative.

Each year, Deputy U.S. Marshals pursue and apprehend fugitives who are wanted on federal arrest warrants. Deputy U.S. marshals work closely with local, state and federal authorities via fugitive task forces to identify, locate and arrest wanted criminal offenders. In addition to domestic operations, the USMS also conducts fugitive operations beyond U.S. borders. They collaborate with foreign police and military to apprehend and extradite wanted criminals back to the U.S. In 2010 alone, the USMS oversaw 805 extraditions in 67 nations.

The U.S. Marshal Service is responsible for the safety of all federal judges including the U.S. Supreme Court. Not only do they provide a strong presence at all federal court buildings, but they will also perform intelligence gathering and investigative tasks when there is a suspected threat against federal judges or court officials.

Deputy U.S. Marshals also perform a number of functions which ensure the security of the court system. They operate the Witness Security Program which safeguards witnesses prior to court testimony, as well as relocation following the trial. This hallowed program boasts one of the most enviable records in law enforcement; no witness who obeyed Witness Security Program guidelines has perished in the program.

The USMS also oversees the investigation and hiring of Court Security Officers who provide security on a daily basis. The agency also provides training for CSO’s and strategic protection analysis of major judiciary facilities.

The USMS also operates the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS) in partnership with the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. JPATS is the largest prisoner transport network in the world, managing almost 350,000 transports each year via air and ground conveyances.

Deputy U.S. marshals play a key role in the seizure of assets from criminals. The Asset Forfeiture Program has seized almost $4 billion in assets from criminals and their organizations. Much of this property is liquidated and provided to law enforcement agencies to help fund operations, as well as restitution to victims and witnesses.

The USMS Special Operations Group is composed of Deputy U.S. Marshals who have demonstrated superior tactical skills. Following highly specialized training, the SOG unit is deployed on a variety of homeland security and law enforcement operations. Each year, SOG units conduct hundreds of special missions throughout the U.S. and its territories.

Salary & Benefits

Entering Deputy U.S. Marshals are assigned to the GL-0082-07 pay scale. In 2011, the annual salaries for this pay scale were between $38,511 and $48,708. After one year, new Deputy U.S. Marshals are eligible for promotion to the GL-0082-09 pay scale which offers salaries from $42,948 up to $55,413. The highest pay grade that Deputy U.S. Marshals are eligible for is GS-1811-12, which has annual salaries from $60,877 up to $79,138.

The base salary is also augmented with a number of bonuses. There is usually an increase to the base pay for the cost of living in an assigned region. This locality pay is determined by the Office of Personnel Management. The base pay is also augmented with Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) which is typically an additional 25 percent of base salary. LEAP pay is intended to compensate Deputy U.S. Marshals for added job hazards, overtime, and off hours availability.

In addition to a generous salary, Deputy U.S. Marshals also enjoy a robust benefits plan including a three tier retirement plan. Marshals qualify for the Federal Employees Retirement System which includes a pension, Social Security and a Thrift Savings Plan. Like all federal law enforcement officers, Deputy U.S. Marshals also qualify for earlier retirement than most federal employees. All marshals may retire after 25 years of service, or 20 years if over the age of 50, with full retirement benefits.

Deputy U.S. marshals may also voluntarily participate in a number of subsidized programs including family health insurance, vision, dental, life insurance, and employee assistance programs. Deputy marshals also earn a number of leave days each year; this number increases upon seniority.


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