U.S. Marshals first began work in the Oregon Territory in 1848. Today, U.S. Marshals serve that state’s single district. U.S. Marshals in the District of Oregon operate in several major cities, including Portland, Eugene, and Medford.
The Oregon Ad Hoc Fugitive Task Force is a multi-agency organization focused on apprehending fugitives wanted for violent crimes, weapon offenses, and drug charges with criminal history. The task force receives funding and support from the Oregon Department of Justice and works with a number of local and state agencies to coordinate apprehension efforts.
U.S. Marshals in the District of Oregon also oversees the Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Fugitive Task Force. This special task force focuses specifically on identifying and arresting felony fugitives wanted for drug trafficking, violent crimes related to drug trafficking, or crimes related to a history of drug sales or use. This task force is another collaborative effort with a number of state and local authorities.
Requirements to Become an U.S. Marshal in Oregon
Candidates for U.S. Marshals jobs in Oregon must meet the minimum requirements for GL-07 level education or experience, including any ONE of the following:
- Must have a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or better for all completed undergraduate courses
- At least one year of graduate level study in a field related to law enforcement, such as Criminal Justice or Sociology
- One year of specialized experience in an area of law enforcement or criminal investigations
- A combination of both education and experience that meets the candidacy requirements for U.S. Marshals jobs
Candidates who meet these requirements will then submit an application, and include the following:
- Physical examination to prove the candidate meets minimum medical qualifications
- Structured interview and assessments
- Extensive background investigation
Training for U.S. Marshals
Candidates chosen for training in The U.S. Marshals Service in North Carolina can expect to participate in an intensive 17 ½ week basic training academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA.
Training includes rigorous physical conditioning and training exercises. Students will also go through training in a wide array of subjects applicable to the diverse roles of U.S. Marshals. Some of the topics covered in basic training include:
- Legal training
- Firearms training
- Officer survival and first aid
- Search and seizure
- Courtroom Evidence and procedure
- Protective service training
- Computer training
- Building Entry and Search
The training program includes 7 exams, including a FIT test, and candidates must pass all of them with a 70% or higher.