Deputy Chief Darrell Basco is a lifelong resident of Pineville. He began his career at the Pineville Police Department in 1994 as a Communications Officer and a Reserve Police Officer. He has worked in several divisions at the Pineville Police Department serving as a patrol officer, a patrol supervisor, criminal investigator. He has served as the training coordinator, Executive Officer of the Patrol Bureau and the Public Information Officer.
He is a 1989 graduate of Pineville High School, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Louisiana College and received his Master’s degree from Capella University in 2005.
He is a member of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, a member of the Body Worn Camera Task Force, and currently serves as State President of the Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police.
He is married to Lynne and has one daughter Mallory who is currently studying at UL Lafayette.
How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference?
According to the 2018 Louisiana Survey, when it comes to trusting news organizations, more Louisiana residents put their faith in local media than national media outlets. Despite that trust, only 36 percent of the state’s news consumers say local news deals fairly with both sides.
So, why is there so much mistrust of the news media? Where are consumers primarily getting their news? How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on a special encore presentation of “News about the News” airing Wednesday, December 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.