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Decatur County Sheriff's Office prepares for Firearms Training

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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

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