close

Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

U.S. Marshall

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


  1. GlockerMike

    GlockerMike
    Expand Collapse
    God Help Us

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2007
    12,975
    0
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    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?
     

    Wanna kill these ads? We can help!
  2. trdvet

    trdvet
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    1,374
    5
    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
    Expand Collapse
    Most mackinest
    CLM
    1. The JBT's

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2004
    11,920
    777
    Location:
    Unmarked Rustbox
    The USMS typically handles fugitive apprehension and the FBI investigates stuff.
     
  4. DustyJacket

    DustyJacket
    Expand Collapse
    Directiv 10-289

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2008
    6,464
    115
    Location:
    Missouri, East of KC
    Yup.
    It is not about "rank", it is about job function.
     
  5. walkin' trails

    walkin' trails
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2005
    1,099
    8
    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
    Expand Collapse
    Lifetime Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2003
    14,732
    1,937
    Dingdingding!

    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
    Expand Collapse
    God Help Us

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2007
    12,975
    0
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    Thanks, guys.