FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2008
FORESTRY COMMISSION SWEARS IN FOUR MORE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
(Columbia,SC)–-The ranks of the South Carolina Forestry Commission’s law enforcement agents have grown. Four SCFC employees have completed the SC Criminal Justice Academy’s intensive training to become law enforcement officers. One of them, Herb Nicholson, won the coveted JP Strom Award, making him the top graduate of his class at CJA.
The SCFC graduates include:
Class One officers (Nine-week CJA course):
Herb Nicholson, Deputy Director of Sand Hills State Forest in Chesterfield Co.
Sam St. Louis, SCFC Forest technician/Supervisor for Richland and Fairfield counties.
Michael Weeks, SCFC Forester/Supervisor for York, Chester and Cherokee counties.
Class Three, limited law enforcement (Three-week CJA course):
Michael McGill, SCFC Forester for Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens, Saluda, McCormick and Edgefield counties.
All four of these newly sworn in officers will add to their duties the authority and responsibilities that come with being fully fledged law enforcement officers in the state of South Carolina. Timber fraud and arson investigation and public safety will account for most of their law enforcement functions, but these men possess state-wide 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.
For Class One officers, the physical fitness demands are grueling. Our officers succeeded in completing the CJA’s Challenge Run-- three miles in 25 minutes or less. St. Louis completed the run in 19 minutes, 35 seconds.
Nicholson was presented a specially engraved service revolver from State Forester Gene Kodama in appreciation for winning the JP Strom Award.
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, contact Scott Hawkins, 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 about $1,000.00 of economic impact.