Decatur County Sheriff's Office prepares for Firearms Training - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Decatur County Sheriff's Office prepares for Firearms Training

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Man arrested for stealing tip jar

    Man arrested for stealing tip jar

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:34:32 GMT
    Timothy Banthongsack was arrested in the below case last night. From: Whitley-Banks, Phyllis Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 4:09 AM To: Whitley-Banks, Phyllis Subject:   22-14-008228  RobberyMore >>
    Timothy Banthongsack was arrested Tuesday evening for snatching the tip jar at Carrol's Meats on Philema Road.
    More >>
  • What you need to know before riding an ATV

    What you need to know before riding an ATV

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:50 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:50:06 GMT
    A safety warning following four ATV deaths in Georgia this week.      A man died in Liberty County when his 4 wheeler crashed into a tree.  A woman and her two young grandsons died in Walker County whenMore >>
    A safety warning was issued following four ATV deaths in Georgia this week.   Experts say you should not operate ATV's on public roads. You should wear proper gear such as gloves, goggles,  and most importantly a Department of Transportation helmet.More >>
  • Daycare providers face deadline

    Daycare providers face deadline

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:15:14 GMT
    The close of business today is the registration deadline for Bright from the Start. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) has posted application packages for new and returning providersMore >>
    The close of business today is the registration deadline for Bright from the Start. The purpose of the program is to prepare children for success in Kindergarten and later school years. Programs are offered at local public schools or through private providers of preschool services.More >>

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

September 15, 2008

DECATUR COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Law enforcement officers carry handguns for their protection, and yours. And the law makes sure they are properly trained to do so.

The Decatur County Sheriff's Office is getting ready for their fall firearm training class. The 90 degree weather didn't stop some officers from getting in some extra shooting practice. But next month is when it counts.

"In 2006 the POST passed a regulation that each certified peace officer in the state of Georgia has to qualify on the standard qualification course with their handgun a minimum of once a year," says Lt. James Spooner.

The Decatur County Sheriff's Office does things differently. They require their officers to go through training twice a year.

"We're not doing it simply because its required. We're doing it because firearms training is a perishable skill," says Lt. Spooner.

Decatur County hasn't had an officer involved shootout in years so their practice comes solely from this training facility.

"We need their skill level to be at a point where they can survive and then they can protect the public," says Lt. Spooner.

October is training month for Decatur County. One day is about 8 hours long.

"We do time drills we also spend a good bit of time on malfunctions, what happens if something happens to the gun, if something goes wrong," says Lt. Spooner.

Then it's time for the qualification test. The requirement? 80 percent accuracy on 30 round course.

"Some of them have told me that it helps them be more confident if something was to happen," says Lt. Spooner.

Hopefully it won't come to that. But if it does, the men and women in Decatur County say they are prepared. Feedback

Powered by WorldNow