There were 15 citizens from the White Hall area that participated in handgun training on Oct. 27, as part of the Citizens’ Police Academy II, hosted by the White Hall Police Department.
Citizens’ Police Academy (CPA) is a free educational program consisting of eight weekly classes, and covers topics related to law enforcement and public safety. The current CPA is a “second level” class, and is only offered to citizens that have successfully completed the basic-level CPA.
The basic-level CPA covered familiarization with handguns. This Level II CPA offered three hours of higher level handgun training. Last Resort Firearms Training provided the instructors and facilities for this CPA II training.
CPA II students first received classroom instruction focusing on handgun safety and the difference between simply shooting a handgun for recreation, and fighting with a handgun to defend innocent life. Then, CPA students rotated between three live-fire exercises.
On the first range, CPA II students fired handguns at two types of steel targets. On the next range, students fired handguns and a patrol rifle at multiple targets. On the final range, students walked with a handgun through a simulated building where they encountered numerous photographic targets of actual people. Some targets depicted photos of people with weapons, which students were to shoot. Other targets depicted people without weapons, which were to be by-passed.
White Hall Police Officer Richard Davies is in charge of the Citizens’ Police Academy. He stated that the students really enjoyed the range training and seemed to learn a lot. Graduation for the Citizens’ Police Academy II is on Nov. 20.