ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Recent national school attacks and shootings show why the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office is working hard to make sure their deputies are ready to use their guns if needed.
Dougherty County Sheriff's deputies continued their firearm training Wednesday, drilling on the safe way to draw, fire, and reload their pistols.
It's something every law enforcement officer hopes he never has to do for real. But if needed, they have to be proficient when it counts. That's why they drill.
"Bad guys have guns," said Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Training Director Lt. Mark Farley. "In order for them to also protect themselves but the public we need to teach them the fundamentals of firearms. Firearms shooting. Knowing their weapons. And when they get out to the road they have the confidence to use it, if they have to. Hopefully they won't have to."
The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office holds firearm training for their deputies 120 days of the year, to make sure all deputies get plenty of practice.