Former Baltimore Police Chief Named First Senior Advisor for U.S. Marshals


Former Police Chief Melissa Hyatt speaks at her swearing-in ceremony in 2019. (Credit: Baltimore County Government)

BALTIMORE COUNTY - Former Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt has been appointed the first Senior Advisor for State and Local Law Enforcement Partnerships for the U.S. Marshals Service.

Established in 1789, the U.S. Marshals Service is the oldest federal law enforcement agency. Hyatt's new role will focus on strengthening and increasing the vital relationships between the U.S. Marshals and their local, state, and tribal law enforcement partners.

After completing her studies at the University of Delaware in 1997, Hyatt was among the first group of individuals recruited into the Maryland Police Corps, an initiative designed to encourage college students to join law enforcement. Her career with the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) saw her rise through various roles, including the bicycle unit squad, the mobile enforcement team, and SWAT. She also served as vice president for security for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Breaking barriers, Hyatt was the first woman to serve as a sergeant in a BPD tactical team, managing situations such as barricades and hostage scenarios. In 2019, she was unanimously confirmed by the Baltimore County Council as the first female police chief of the Baltimore County Police Department.

"We are very pleased that Chief Hyatt has joined our team. She is a nationally recognized law enforcement leader who brings with her a wealth of knowledge and skills that will serve U.S. Marshals well in this new role," USMS Director Ronald L. Davis said.

Hyatt expressed her eagerness to leverage her extensive experience to help enhance the Marshals Service's collaborative efforts across local and state law enforcement.

"It is my sincere hope that I can use the lessons I learned as chief of police to help the Marshals enhance their collaborative efforts across local and state law enforcement to continue to make all of our communities safer," Hyatt said.

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