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SAN DIEGO NWR COMPLEX: Celebrating National Police Week and Law Enforcement Staff 

Region 8, May 7, 2012
Brian Bushnell (left) and Louis Stewart (right) patrolling on the San Diego Bay NWR
Brian Bushnell (left) and Louis Stewart (right) patrolling on the San Diego Bay NWR - Photo Credit: n/a
Fred Workman, Southern California Zone LEO, and Arnold Grassi, Supervisory LEO for the San Diego NWR Complex
Fred Workman, Southern California Zone LEO, and Arnold Grassi, Supervisory LEO for the San Diego NWR Complex - Photo Credit: n/a

By Lisa Cox, San Diego NWRC

The Law Enforcement staff at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex (NWRC) has grown. Recent additions to the staff are Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) Louis Stewart and Brian Bushnell

Stewart actually started with the San Diego NWRC in July 2004 as a firefighter and engine operator. He gained permanent status with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in May 2006, and a year later he graduated with a degree in Fire Science from Southwestern Community College. Stewart graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Traning Center (FLETC) in November 2010 where he continued additional field training until April 2011.

Bushnell first worked at the San Diego NWRC as the Youth Conservation Corps leader in 2008 and 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resource Planning at Humboldt State University. He graduated from FLETC in October 2011, and finished his field training in May 2012.

Supervisory Refuge LEO Arnold Grassi now has the additional officers needed to patrol the over 12,000 acres that are home to listed species such as California least tern, western snowy plover, light-footed clapper rail, coastal California gnatcatcher, least Bell’s vireo, quino checkerspot butterfly, and numerous other listed and sensitive species and their habitats.

The Complex's urban location results in enforcement actions that deal with drugs, homeless camps, and vandalism. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service LEOs coordinate regularly with other state and local law enforcement agencies to ensure public safety and protection of San Diego's precious resources.

For more information on the Office of Law Enforcement within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visit:
www.fws.gov/le/index.html

For more information on National Police Week 2012, visit:
www.policeweek.org/

Contact Info: Lisa Cox, 619.476.9150 ext. 106, lisa_cox@fws.gov