U.S. Marshals Service to start operation to arrest fugitive sex offenders and rescue 'critically missing children'

BALTIMORE, MD - The U.S. Marshals Service announced last Friday the beginning of Operation Silver Shield, with the intent of arresting fugitive sex offenders and the added mission of rescuing children deemed "critically missing."

The operation will include Marshals as well as their task force partners in the District of Maryland and will last for 90 days, from May to August. 

Operation Silver Shield will be "targeting non-compliant sex offenders and fugitives wanted for associated offense conduct," according to a press release. Further, the oepration will focus on "recovery of critically missing children and arresting those offenders who pose the greatest risk to public safety." 

Mathew Silverman, acting United States Marshal for the District of Maryland, said the following regarding the operation: “While the U.S. Marshals Service has a proven track record of working with our federal, state, and local partners to improve public safety, we are always striving to do better. Throughout Operation Silver Shield, we will prioritize community engagement and work hand-in-hand with local citizens to develop tips and leads so that we can all help make the state of Maryland a safer place to raise a family.”

For operations like Operation Silver Shield, the US Marshals engage the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force (CARFTF). The CARFTF's purpose is "to support those communities most affected by egregious crime and exploitation." Since its inception in 2004, the CARFTF has assisted in the apprehension of over 78,000 fugitives. 

Tips to assist in this operation can be submitted via phone or email at 1-866-4WANTED or USMS Tips at www.usmarshals.gov/tips.
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