Two local police departments teamed up this week for a special training class designed to keep you safe. Officers from Chatham County Police and Pooler Police Departments are teaching their teams how to safely and effectively use a rifle.
A rifle is not something officers will carry every day. The weapon is used to deal with barricaded subjects or active shooter situations.
At the three-day training course, officers practiced firing from different positions and distances.
A training corporal from Pooler Police Department says training together makes their police response effective and flawless.
“Often we find ourselves on scenes with officers from Pooler, Port Wentworth and Garden City,” said Corporal David Gusheulak. “So if we train together, we can understand the tactics we’re each utilizing and we can facilitate the same response across any municipality that we’re working in.”
Gusheulak says the officers did well, followed directions and handled the weapons safely.
Officers are tested at the end of the course. Formal rifle training happens once every year. The range is open year-round for officers to hone their skills.