West Tennessee Marshal Miller embraces organization tradition


It was on July 2, 2020 that Tyreece Miller was appointed US Marshal for the Western District of Tennessee by then President Donald Trump.

He was sworn in on July 10, six days before what would have been his 23rd birthday of joining the Jackson Police Department and began working his way up the ranks to deputy chief.

Since then, the 1992 North Side graduate and former Marine has been visible in public, making appearances explaining the history of the US Marshals, letting the public know what his staff have accomplished, and making sure the department is doing its part to help. providing security in West Tennessee.

But when asked what he has learned about the job since taking office a year ago, he said continuing to build on the history and tradition of service and relaying that history to the public was something he never expected to have to do. or like to do.

“Marshals are well known for capturing fugitives, and that’s how most people identify our work,” Miller said. “My biggest surprise was learning about our past and our significant impact on American history.

“In addition, I think we are making our agency even more legendary with new achievements, such as the rescue of missing children.”

The Tennessee Marshals participated in the multi-agency Operation Volunteer Strong last winter, in which more than 150 missing children from Tennessee, including 52 from western Tennessee, were found and returned to safety.

Since July 10, 2020, 850 fugitives have been arrested on more than 1,000 warrants. Of those 850, 165 were arrested on some type of murder charge.

“We’re doing what we can to make sure this neighborhood is safe, and we’re trying to make sure that as many bad guys as possible are taken off the streets to keep it safe,” Miller said.

Colonel Robert Hays was the first United States Marshal for the State of Tennessee in 1796.

The story

Miller said those who hear his presentation on the Marshal’s History are generally surprised by some of his facts and how much the Marshal’s deputies have been involved in various historical events without being at the center of any of them.

A little over five months after his inauguration, the first President George Washington appointed the first 13 United States Marshals after the passage of the Judicial Act of 1789. The Judicial Act made the Marshals the first federal law enforcement agency . He also created the United States Supreme Court, the Attorney General, and the federal court system.

Washington appointed the Marshals to serve the mandates and to manage any federal responsibilities not already covered by the Constitution. He therefore appointed one for each of the original 13 states that had been colonies.

Marshals did everything from carrying out federal warrants to conducting the census for the first 80 years of the country’s existence until the Census Bureau was developed in time for the 1870 census.

Tennessee became the country’s 16th state in 1796, and Colonel Robert Hays was appointed the state’s first marshal. In 1801 Tennessee split into two districts and Hays was named in western Tennessee

“He has a connection to Jackson,” Miller said. ” Collar. Hays died in 1819, but after his death his widow and their grown children helped found the town of Jackson.

Tyreece Miller is sworn in as US Marshal by Chief District Judge S. Thomas Anderson in the Jackson Federal Courtroom on Friday, July 10, 2020.

To do work

The job description of marshals primarily involves the management of security and housing for federal courts and the transfer of detainees. They also deal with the arrest of criminal suspects and prison escapees when called upon by local law enforcement.

Miller has a team of deputies who work for the service in addition to members of the Two Rivers Violent Fugitive Task Force, who are deputies to the Marshals and officers from various local agencies in western Tennessee who are assigned. to marshals in case of need.

Marshals are also called upon to carry out federal orders.

“In the days of civil rights, when the Supreme Court ordered schools to integrate and local or state leaders resisted it, we can now see pictures of students going to school and sometimes they are. escorted by marshals for security reasons, ”Miller said. “We are the ones who enforce federal court orders or Supreme Court decisions like Brown v. Board of Education.”

Tyreece Miller stands in front of a sign at the United States Marine Corps Training Center in Parris Island, South Carolina, when he became a Marine in 1992.

Experience helps

Miller moved to the United States Marshal’s office after 23 years with Jackson’s police, preceded by four years in the United States Marine Corps. He enlisted as soon as he graduated from North Side.

He began the preparation process for the Marines while still in high school.

“When my friends were off visiting college and other trips like this, I stayed here to meet my recruiter, train, and prepare myself physically and mentally for Parris Island, SC where we are. let’s become Marines, ”Miller said.

Miller says he thinks many of the lessons he learned from his years of service at USMC have helped him during his first year as a Marshal.

“I’ve been working with a service-oriented mindset ever since I decided to enlist with the Marines,” Miller said. “I work for you, the taxpayer.

“I am appointed to the presidency, but we are closely involved in the rule of law in all its aspects, including transporting detainees to court, protecting those who make decisions, monitoring detainees, federal building security implementation and more. I try to do this with a mission-driven mindset of knowing what the goal is and doing what needs to be done to achieve that goal.

And he added to that the efforts to be more visible in the public.

“It’s my responsibility to show people that I work for you. I’m here to serve you, ”Miller said. “It’s important to let you know what I’m doing and how I’m using it.

“Not only that, but I think it’s a good thing that people see law enforcement on all levels at times other than when a bad guy is being handcuffed. I was born and raised here. I am part of Jackson and Western Tennessee and am happy to serve the region in that capacity.

Contact Brandon Shields at [email protected] or 731-425-9751. Follow him on Twitter @JSEditorBrandon or on Instagram at editorbrandon.


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