TRAINING DAY: GCSO wraps up tactical practice
Thursday, June 20, 2013 7:58 PM
The lead was flying as the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office wrapped up the final day of a tactical shooting training week Thursday.
About a dozen county officers were on hand for the pistol qualifications course Thursday afternoon at the firing range along Old Laurens Road. The course aimed at teaching officers basic shooting qualifications.
"What this does is it better prepares the patrol officer or officer in general out here responding to calls," GCSO Capt. Dale Kittles said. "They can make a better practiced and informed decision on how to respond to a lethal situation."All of the sheriff's department's armed officers underwent the training during the course of the four-day regiment. Instructors had two sessions a day from Monday through Thursday to fit in the GCSO's 75 sworn deputies and all of the armed officers at the Greenwood County Detention Center.
The firing range, owned by the Greenwood Police Department, allowed the deputies to practice tactical weapons techniques as well as shooting fundamentals. The officers fired from 3, 7, 12 and 25 yards away from their respective targets, shooting in different positions and under other variations. Officers learned tactical and combat-style magazine exchanges, trained on how to shoot from behind cover, how to shoot with their weak hand, how to fire one-handed, and such simple techniques as how to draw their weapons from a holster and how to properly hold a firearm.
Each of the deputies was required to reach a minimum score to complete the course and any who did not achieve that level will undergo more training. The officers trained using .45-caliber pistols, shotguns, and some ran through the course with SWAT-style assault rifles. GCSO Lt. Sean Williams, the department's training manger, said the course is meant to teach officers how to deploy the weapons safely and proficiently, as well as guiding them on when they need to use them.
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