U.S. Marshals keeping violent criminals off our streets

U.S. Marshals keeping violent criminals off our streets »Play Video
TRI-CITIES, Wash. - Locking up the worst of the worst and keeping them there, it's why our local law enforcement agencies team up with the U.S. Marshal's task force.

Shawnee Garrett grew up in the Tri-Cities. Now ready to get out on her own, she feels this is a great place to get started.

She said, "I would definitely raise a family here. It's beautiful up here and definitely really safe."

We've reported how local law enforcement works together to bring down the bad guys. We've often told you how criminals know no jurisdictional bounds, crime bleeds from one town or county to another.

But, when violent fugitives hang out in the Tri-Cities, the feds get involved.

"We're very quiet about what we do. We work behind the scenes to help everybody," said Darrick Swick.

Swick heads up the U.S. Marshal's task force for our region. The team is stationed at the Federal building in Richland, and offers local law enforcement more muscle.

They working round the clock to let these violent offenders know they aren't welcome here.

"There's been instances where we've arrested somebody 2, 3 times and then they finally, they're out of the state. They've moved," he said.

Since adding more deputies and switching up their investigative tactics, marshals are seeing better results.

Back in 2011, the task force cleared just under 800 warrants, arresting hundreds in the process.

The following year the number jumps up to more than a thousand.

In all of last year, deputies cleared a hundred more that that.

Deputies are putting away the worst type of criminals, like Bernard Belarouche. He was busted in Kennewick, wanted on the west side, suspected of killing a Marine home on leave.

This type of police work makes neighbors like Shawnee feel even safer.

"It is really impressive and it surprises me. I had no idea that's what they did so it makes me feel really good," she said.

Deputies keeping a close eye on the most violent offenders.

The US Marshals office also tells KEPR it gets a lot of tips from you, through the Crime Stoppers program.