Six officers from the Anderson County Sheriffâ€™s Department have been sworn in as task force officers with the United States Marshals Serviceâ€™s Smoky Mountains Fugitive TaskÂ Force, or SMFTF.
The Anderson County Sheriffâ€™s Department is the latest local law enforcement agencyÂ to become part of the specialized fugitive apprehension team, which is made up of the East TennesseeÂ agencies listed at the end of this press release.
Task force officers are state and local police officers who receive special deputations with the MarshalsÂ Service, the press release said. While assigned to the SMFTF, these officers can exercise U.S. Marshalsâ€™ authorities, such asÂ crossing jurisdictional lines.
Jimmy Fowler, U.S. marshal for the Eastern District of Tennessee, administered the oath of office toÂ the deputies at the Marshals Service office in Knoxville.
â€œWe are very excited about our newÂ partnership with the Anderson County Sheriffâ€™s Department,” Fowler said in the press release. “Our communities are safer when local,Â state, and federal officers get to work together, and that is what the Smoky Mountains Fugitive TaskÂ Force is all about. The Task Force is made up of great officers from throughout EastÂ Tennessee. From Chattanooga to Bristol, these officers work together to ensure the safety of everyoneÂ by apprehending dangerous fugitives and reducing violent crime.” [Read more…]