One of the highlights for participants in the annual Citizens Police Academy is the Saturday morning session at the LPD Training Center where they visit with some of our Special Operations equipment, watch a K-9 demonstration, and get to shoot a police handgun. The 2009 CPA got to experience the thrill of training on the firing range this past Saturday.
Under the watchful eye of our Rangemaster, Officer Mark Patterson (center photo above), the class "sent some lead down range" toward paper training targets. For some members of the class, this was the first time they have ever shot a weapon. I am told a few of the classmates are pretty good shots!
More important than simply being able to fire a handgun, the class learned first-hand what officers go through with our ongoing firearms training and the skills required to maintain proficiency with our weapons.
The year's Citizens Police Academy is scheduled to graduate on November 19th.
- Asst Chief Bill LePere