EBENSBURG – The Cambria County Sheriff’s Office was issued a certificate of appreciation Monday for its partnership with the U.S. Marshals Service. 

Steven Frank, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Pennsylvania, presented Sheriff Bob Kolar with a certificate recognizing the partnership between his office and the U.S. Marshals Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force that began in October. 

Since the partnership began, Kolar said about 150 fugitives from justice were taken off the streets of Cambria County. 

“The results surpassed any of our expectations in the first year,” he said. 

The agreement between the U.S. Marshals Service and Kolar’s office allows a sheriff’s deputy to be assigned full-time to the task force, which focuses on locating fugitives from justice – individuals who have been convicted of or suspected of violent crimes but have been able to evade capture by local, state or federal law enforcement. 

“As a partner in the task force, residents of Cambria County benefit as we now have direct access to the resources and expertise of the Western PA Fugitive Task Force at no cost to Cambria County taxpayers,” Kolar said. 

Because marshals are not limited by city, county or state lines, “Cambria County criminals are not able to evade the long arm of the law by leaving the county, state or even the country,” Kolar added. 

Two deputy Marshals and a state police trooper also are assigned to the task force’s Johnstown office.

Federal funding reimburses the county for the deputy sheriff’s wages and a car provided for the position.  

​Jocelyn Brumbaugh is a reporter for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @JBrumbaughTD.

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