South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2004

FORESTRY OFFICER GRADUATES FROM POLICE ACADEMY

(Columbia, SC) - Three Forestry Commission officers, including a local man, recently graduated from the SC Criminal Justice Academy. Forestry Supervisor Dexter Bassard, assigned to Kershaw and Lancaster Counties, will now assume the added duties of forest law enforcement.

Dexter Bassard During the nine-week course, Bassard received practical instruction in firearms, pursuit driving, defensive tactics, and physical fitness. Academic training included study of criminal law, search and seizure, and arrest procedures.

Bassard has been a firefighting supervisor for almost a year. His additional responsibilities will include enforcement of outdoor burning laws and wildfire investigation.

With the new graduates, the Forestry Commission has nearly 40 law enforcement officers statewide.

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FORESTRY OFFICER GRADUATES FROM POLICE ACADEMY
(Columbia, SC) A local man is among three Forestry Commission officers recently graduated from the SC Criminal Justice Academy. Forestry Supervisor Douglas Mills, assigned to Fairfield and Richland Counties, will now assume the added duties of forest law enforcement.

Doug Mills During the nine-week course, Mills received practical instruction in firearms, pursuit driving, defensive tactics, and physical fitness. Academic training included study of criminal law, search and seizure, and arrest procedures.

Mills, a graduate forester, supervises forest firefighting work and provides forest management service to landowners. His law enforcement responsibilities will include enforcement of outdoor burning laws and wildfire investigation.

With the new graduates, the Forestry Commission has nearly 40 law enforcement officers statewide.

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FORESTRY OFFICER GRADUATES FROM POLICE ACADEMY
A local man is among three Forestry Commission officers recently graduated from the SC Criminal Justice Academy. Forester Jonathan Calore of Orangeburg will soon assume new duties as a forestry investigator.

Jonathan Calore During the nine-week course, Calore received practical instruction in firearms, pursuit driving, defensive tactics, and physical fitness. Academic training included study of criminal law, search and seizure, and arrest procedures.

An experienced forester, Calore will be assigned as an agent-investigator covering several midlands and lower piedmont counties. His duties will include investigating timber theft, timber fraud, and woods arson.

With the new graduates, the Forestry Commission has nearly 40 law enforcement officers statewide.

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For more information, contact: Ken Cabe, 803-896-8820.


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