In many corrupt and impoverished nations, law enforcement officials are seen as enemies of the people. Thankfully, we live in a land where law enforcement exists to serve the people. Last year, 111 U.S. law enforcement officials died in the line of duty. From our local police to national law enforcement agencies, Americans owe a debt of gratitude to those who place their lives on the line for our safety and well-being.
Recently, Howard Marshall, Special Agent in Charge and Minerva Virola, Community Outreach and Public Affairs Specialist, both with the FBI’s Louisville office and Jim Clark, U.S. Marshal and Craig Smith, Deputy U.S. Marshal of the Western District delivered a quantity of warm winter clothing to Wayside Christian Mission. Just in time for the unseasonably cold weather, these articles of clothing will be distributed to those in need. Some of the clothing will be delivered to homeless camps and some will be given to the women, men, and children in our care.
WAVE TV was on hand as Nina Moseley received the boxes of warm winter clothing in the lobby of Hotel Louisville.
During their visit, we received another special guest—Chief Steve Conrad of the Louisville Metro Police Department. Ranked among the safest major cities in the United States, Chief Steve Conrad began his career as a patrol officer with the former Louisville Division of Police (LPD) in 1980. He worked his way through the ranks, rising to Assistant Chief in the LPD and later an Assistant Chief in the newly merged Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD). As a Lieutenant Colonel with the LMPD, Conrad was Commander of the Administrative Bureau. Chief Conrad left the LMPD in 2005 to become Chief of the Glendale (AZ) Police Department. Chief Conrad returned to his hometown as Chief of Police on March 19, 2012.
The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency. Federal marshals have served the country since 1789, often in unseen but critical ways. The Marshals Service occupies a uniquely central position in the federal justice system. It is the enforcement arm of the federal courts, involved in virtually every federal law enforcement initiative. Presidentially appointed U.S. marshals direct the activities of 94 districts—one for each federal judicial district. Approximately 3,829 deputy U.S. marshals and criminal investigators form the backbone of the agency. The duties of the U.S. Marshals Service include protecting the federal judiciary, apprehending federal fugitives, managing and selling seized assets acquired by criminals through illegal activities, housing and transporting federal prisoners and operating the Witness Security Program. The agency’s headquarters is just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
As an intelligence-driven and a threat-focused national security organization with both intelligence and law enforcement responsibilities, the mission of the FBI is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners. The FBI works literally around the globe. Along with their Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the FBI has 56 field offices located in major cities throughout the U.S., approximately 380 smaller offices called resident agencies in cities and towns across the nation, and more than 60 international offices called “legal attachés” in U.S. embassies worldwide.
We are truly grateful to the brave law enforcement officials who serve and protect.