The Marshal Service Division, establish under 1 CMC § 3901, serves as law enforcement officers for the Judiciary. Marshals have the same authority as police officers and are tasked with a number of public safety responsibilities including:
· Ensuring general court security to judiciary personnel, participants in court proceedings, and the general public visiting judicial facilities;
· Providing security for justices and judges on official business beyond the Judiciary grounds;
· Serving various forms of process such as bench warrants; and
· Assisting in the transportation of criminal offenders.
Each marshal must undergo firearms training and certification to the same extent as the Department of Public Safety.
Jason T. Tarkong was appointed Chief Marshal in January 2018 and supervises ten marshals. Some of his accomplishments include conducting numerous trainings on firearms, officer survival, court security, and protective service detail.
Chief Tarkong previously worked as a Department of Public Safety Lieutenant where he was involved with Crime Stoppers, the bike patrol, and the tactical response enforcement team. He has over twenty-five years of experience in law enforcement. Discussing some of the unique aspects of the Marshal Services Division, Chief Marshal Tarkong says: “It’s important to maintain a healthy mind, body, soul and emotions.”