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Fort Worth marshals welcome new city marshal to their ranks

Posted April 25, 2018

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The City of Fort Worth has the largest marshal’s office in the state, and is unique among those in Texas for its scope of responsibilities.

City marshals have the same authority as every other city police officer, but city marshals are also charged with the physical security of municipal courts and buildings. As part of their role as guardians of city facilities and employees, marshals scan an average of 375,000 people into city facilities every year.

“Fort Worth marshals assigned to the field division are also responsible for tracking down people who are looking to avoid prosecution for traffic violations and other Class C misdemeanors,” explains Sergeant John Rablee, senior deputy of the city’s marshals. “They also provide assistance to the Fort Worth Police Department, oversee water safety and boating safety at Lake Worth, maintain the peace at public meetings, and are a regular fixture at community events. City marshals are dedicated to the residents, traditions and diversity of our city while serving the city’s public safety vision.”

Swift New City Marshal Philip J. Swift

Philip Swift joins the Fort Worth City Marshals starting April 30, 2018. As a 20-year law enforcement veteran of the Denver Sheriff Department, he served in many roles and obtained the rank of Captain and most recently served as the Director of Security. Beginning in 2015, he was assigned to a variety of reform committees focusing on use of force concepts and policy as well as a variety of security-related issues. Swift became the agencies subject matter expert in de-escalation and use of force tactics and was responsible for developing and facilitating department wide de-escalation/use of force policy training.

Swift holds a master's degree and Ph.D. in forensic psychology from Walden University; and received dual MBAs in business management and human resources and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from American Intercontinental University. He is a published author, contributor and is frequently asked to speak locally and nationally. Most recently Swift was honored to be invited to be a guest speaker at the 2018 National Gang Crime Research Center Training Conference coming up in August.

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