FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2009
FORESTRY COMMISSION SWEARS IN TWO MORE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
(Columbia,SC)–-The ranks of the South Carolina Forestry Commission’s law enforcement agents have grown. Two SCFC employees have completed the SC Criminal Justice Academy’s intensive training to become law enforcement officers.
Jon Barker, a forester from Seneca, SC, and Adam Hudson, a forest technician from Greeneville, TN will add to their Forestry Commission duties the responsibility of upholding laws which protect this state’s forest resource. They were sworn in this week by SCFC Law Enforcement Chief David West. Each officer has statewide jurisdiction, but his law enforcement work will be focused primarily in the same region of the state where his other SCFC duties keep him busy. For Barker this includes Spartanburg and Cherokee counties. Hudson will patrol Wee Tee and Manchester State Forests. Timber fraud, arson investigation, littering and public safety will account for most of their law enforcement functions, but these men possess full police authority and are sworn to uphold the law regardless of the type of criminal activity they may encounter.
While at the academy the cadets receive practical instruction in firearms, pursuit driving, defensive tactics, and physical fitness. Academic training included criminal law, search and seizure, and arrest procedures.
Look for these men to be protecting South Carolina’s forest resources in the future as proud members of the South Carolina Forestry Commission’s Law Enforcement Division.
For more information, call Scott Hawkins at (803) 896-8820
The SC Forestry Commission’s mission is to protect and develop South Carolina’s forest resource. For every $1.00 invested by SC in the Commission, the industry produces more than $1,000.00 of economic impact.