U.S. Marshal Martin Keely Receives Crime Stopper of the Year Awardfrom Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama

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Birmingham, AL
– Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama named C.
Martin Keely, U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Alabama, as
winner of its 2020 Crime Stopper of the Year Award at a ceremony in
Birmingham Wednesday. The award is annually given for dedication to
fighting crime and for support and commitment to Crime Stoppers of Metro
Alabama.

Keely acknowledged the importance of his
agency working with Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama. “It’s often
been said, ‘See something, say something,’” said Keely. “Crime
Stoppers is the conduit between the public and law enforcement,
providing an anonymous method to report crime without fear.”

Keely’s district also houses the
headquarters office of the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional
Fugitive Task Force, which Keely said shared in receiving the
award. “The Regional Fugitive Task Force could not succeed
without our local law enforcement partner agencies allowing some
of their officers to serve full time on the task force,” said
Keely. “Those partnerships have contributed to the success of
the task force in taking some of the most dangerous suspects off
the street. In the past 12 months, the Regional Fugitive Task
Force has arrested more than 760 fugitives, 119 of them wanted
for homicide, in the 31 counties of the Northern District of
Alabama.”


Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama Board Chairman Frank Barefield and U.S. Marshal Martin Keely

Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama Board
Chairman Frank Barefield and U.S. Marshal Martin Keely (Photo
courtesy of Crime Stoppers)
 
 

Keely wanted to ensure that the many law enforcement partners that work
closely with the U.S. Marshals were recognized as contributing to the
award: Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Alabama Pardons and Parole,
Alabaster Police Department, Birmingham Police Department, Etowah County
Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Hoover Police
Department, Huntsville Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s
Office, Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office, Madison County Sheriff’s
Office, Northport Police Department, Oxford Police Department, Shelby
County Sheriff’s Office, Tuscaloosa Police Department, Vestavia Hills
Police Department, 7th Judicial Major Crimes Unit, and 17th Circuit
District Attorney’s Office.

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“We want to thank Marshal Keely for his great
service to our state, and in particular to the expertise he brings in
law enforcement to Alabama and to the entire metro Birmingham area,”
Crime Stoppers Board Chairman Frank Barefield said. “Marty has committed
himself to fighting crime and has been highly supportive of our
organization’s efforts here in central Alabama. Crime Stoppers exists to
work with both law enforcement agencies and the community to improve the
quality of life for our citizens, and it’s an honor to recognize him in
this way.”

Keely is responsible for U.S. Marshals operations
within the Northern District of Alabama. The district is composed of 31
counties with a main office in Birmingham and sub-offices in Huntsville
and Tuscaloosa. The Northern District of Alabama is also home to the
U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force Headquarters.
Marshal Keely has been involved with the regional task force since its
inception in 2006.

Keely began his law enforcement career in 1969,
joining the Mountain Brook, Alabama, Police Department. In 1987 he was
promoted to the rank of Chief of Police. In 1990, while serving as Chief
of Police, he received the U.S. Marshals Service Law Enforcement Officer
of the Year Award for his work on the Judge Robert S. Vance bombing
case. President George W. Bush appointed Keely as U.S. Marshal for the
Northern District of Alabama in 2002.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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