POSTED: Friday, February 24, 2012 - 10:49pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 2:27pm
EL PASO — U.S. Marshals work every day to keep Americans safe, but few people know exactly what they do.
"We pride ourselves in all the different things we do. We are one of the most versatile law enforcement," said U.S. Marshal Robert Almonte who is head of the U.S. Marshal's office of the Western District of Texas.
Among their many duties, the U.S. Marshals arrest federal fugitives, transport prisoners and protect federal courthouses and judges.
The U.S. Marshals Service also has a Mexican Investigative Liason Program where deputy marshals work with authorities to the south.
"We're working hand and hand with our Mexican law enforcement counterparts on the south side of the border in order to locate fugitives removed from Mexico back to the U.S. and vice versa," said U.S. Deputy Marshal Juan Blanco.
Before the U.S. Marshals are sent out in the field, they spend 17 weeks in rigorous law enforcement training.
"We like to practice as much as we can in a controlled environment so when we get out there in a real world scenario, we have the training and the knowledge and the skills the conduct our business as safely as possible," said U.S. Deputy Marshal Mike Sharboneau.
Newschannel 9 reporter Cathy Hernandez trained alongside these marshals.
She learned how deputies handle situations where they face dangerous people trying to hurt them and in those moments, make life and death decisions.
We saw how deputy marshals get inside homes and businesses to arrest fugitives, many times, they have to make forced entry.
Something that can take a physical and mental toll.
"When they're making an entry into a house where they know there's an armed and dangerous man in there, they got to get them," said Sharboneau.