Two new U.S. Marshal Task Force Officers in EKY

Two Eastern Kentucky law enforcement officials were sworn in as U.S. Marshal Task Force officers.

Laurel County Sheriff Deputy Jason Back and Manchester Police Officer Gary Harris are the new additions on the force.

"I was elated. I was looking to further my career, and this is definitely a good stepping stone in that direction," said Laurel County Sheriff Deputy Jason Back.

Laurel County Sheriff John Root recommended Back for the position.

"He's been here for five years, and he does a very good job. He has the contacts, and he's energetic," said Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Officer Harris' position with the U.S. Marshals Service was renewed after working as a task force officer for the past two years.

"He enjoys looking for fugitives. He's been an instrumental help in the Marshal Service by teaming up with them and catching people in other counties," said Manchester Police Chief Chris Fultz.

The two officers have jurisdiction in all 50 states meaning they can make arrests in any part of the country.

And Back has already taken advantage of his duties.

"I was sworn in Thursday, looking for somebody Friday, and made my first arrest Sunday," said Deputy Back.

These officers can better catch fugitives because they are familiar with the surrounding counties.

"A U.S. Marshal from Virginia or Washington D.C. obviously won't have the contacts or the intimate knowledge of the area as someone who has lived there for numerous years," said Deputy Back.

Their appointments expire in September 2013.


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