The U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia, John Foster, will be the featured speaker at the seventh session of the 2013 Forensic Mondays program hosted by the Frank B. Bartlett Post 7 of the American Legion on Monday, Aug. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.
"Marshal Foster's presentation will focus directly on bullying and the calamitous consequence of bullying," noted David D. Taylor, organizer of the event. "Approximately 60 percent of school bullies end up in prison by the time they reach their 20s. It is very important we reach out and do all we can as a community about educating those impacted from either side of bullying.
"Tragically, our own community right here in Upshur County has seen the deadly impact and dire outcomes of bullying," Taylor added.
John Foster has a very distinguished law enforcement career. From 1985 to 1990, Mr. Foster was a trooper with the West Virginia State Police stationed in Summersville until his departure to assume an appointment to become a Deputy U.S. Marshal in 1990. Since 2007, he has overseen the protection of federal judges, U.S. attorneys, federal public defenders and other court personnel as well as a Judicial Security Inspector with the United States Marshals Service in the Southern District of West Virginia.
On June 17, 2010, Foster was sworn in as U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia, a post he still occupies today. Mr. Foster is also retired from the West Virginia Air National Guard, where he served from 1980 to 2000. Mr. Foster was awarded a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree from Glenville State College in 1991.
He has also earned an associate's degree in fire science from the Community College of the Air Force in 1989, and an associate's degree in political science from Marshall University in 1986.