NIAGARA FALLS – The Police Department is joining a federal task force to go after individuals with outstanding state and federal arrest warrants.
The city force will likely have two of its personnel become members of the U.S. Marshals Service Regional Fugitive Task Force, Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto said last week.
As part of the setup, all officers executing warrants in the city also will be deputized by the Marshals Service, a federal designation giving them the authority to make arrests anywhere in the country.
Any overtime incurred pursuing warrant suspects will be paid for by the Marshals Service, and the city will be eligible to obtain a percentage of the value of any assets seized during operations, DalPorto said.
The superintendent called the deal a “no-lose” agreement.
DalPorto said the agreement is similar to what the city has with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which also has a task force in which the city participates.
The city’s warrants division currently has four personnel assigned to it, the superintendent said.
The Marshals Service has a number of these types of task force arrangements throughout the country, including in the New York-New Jersey and Washington, D.C., areas.
The City Council unanimously approved the city’s participation at Tuesday’s meeting.