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U.S. Marshall

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by GlockerMike, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. GlockerMike

    GlockerMike God Help Us

    Jul 4, 2007
    We were watching some investigative show tonight and a U.S. Marshall found a suspect and the FBI took over to do the interrogation. My wife asked who is "higher up" a U.S. Marshall or an FBI agent. I told her I had no clue, but I could sure find out from my secret cop stash. Is there a "hierarchy", and who ranks higher?
  2. trdvet


    Oct 2, 2004
    It's Marshal and one can not pull rank on the other since they don't even work for the same agency. If the FBI is investigating a scene then they are running it and it would be wise to do what they say. If the Marshals are going after a fugitive then they would be running the show and if the FBI had someone tag along then they would fall under the Marshal in charge.

    It would be like saying a Trooper is a higher rank than a Deputy or a City Patrolman. The correct answer is, it depends on the situation.

  3. Cochese

    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

    Jun 30, 2004
    Unmarked Rustbox
    The USMS typically handles fugitive apprehension and the FBI investigates stuff.
  4. DustyJacket

    DustyJacket Directiv 10-289

    Oct 16, 2008
    Missouri, East of KC
    It is not about "rank", it is about job function.
  5. walkin' trails

    walkin' trails

    Apr 24, 2005
    If he was an FBI futgitive, then they'd be the ones to do the interrogation. The USMS wouldn't have details of the case, just the info they needed to grab the crook.
  6. Sam Spade

    Sam Spade Staff Member Lifetime Member

    May 4, 2003

    The US has carefully avoided establishing anything like a national police force or rankings. In fedland, there are a whole pile of Special Agents. (Think "special" as opposed to "general", such as when you write a power of attorney.) Very, very narrow focus in most agencies and one of the reasons for the multi-agency task forces---they have to go broad, just to get expertise.
  7. GlockerMike

    GlockerMike God Help Us

    Jul 4, 2007