DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(042318) – OPD ACADEMY 16 FIREARMS TRAINING

ODESSA, TEXAS/APRIL 23, 2018 – THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT ACADEMY 16 HELD THEIR FINAL DAY OF FIREARM TRAINING. THE RECURITS WERE ENGAGED IN A WEEK LONG TRAINING SESSION LEARNING HANDGUN SAFETY AND VARIOUS SHOOTING TECHNIQUES.

(SGT. CARLOS CHAVEZ, FIRE ARMS TRAINER, ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT)

“THEY’RE LEARNING SHOOTING FROM COVER TO COVER. IN THE REAL-LIFE WORLD MIGHT HAVE TO GET COVER FROM A CAR OR BUILDING. ALSO, THEY WERE SHOOTING FROM DIFFERENT POSITIONS FROM BEHIND COVER: SOME WERE ON THE SIDE, SOME WERE UPSIDE DOWN, SOME FROM PRONE, KNEELING, STANDING.”

(BOBBY PIETROPOLLO, RECURIT-ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT ACADEMY 16)

“WE HAVE MILITARY PEOPLE, THEN WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT HAVE NEVER HELD A GUN BEFORE, BUT IT CHALLENGES ALL IN DIFFERENT WAYS. THERE’S DIFFERENT SHOOTING STYLES, DIFFERENT MALFUNCTIONS, DIFFERENT SENERIOS. IT KIND OF CHALLEGES ALL OF US TO BE PREPARED FOR ANY SITUATION.

DURING THE LENGTHY FIREARMS TRAINING, SEVERAL RECRUITS WERE HAVING PROBLEMS WITH THEIR HANDGUNS LOCKING UP.

(SGT. CARLOS CHAVEZ, FIRE ARMS TRAINER, ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT)

“WE’VE BEEN SHOOTING, SO MUCH AND WE HAD’NT BEEN CLEANING THEM, SO YOU GET CARBON BUILD UP. SO, THERE, WE’RE TRYING TO TELL THEM, ‘HEY, IF YOU DON’T CLEAN YOUR GUN. GUESS WHAT? THIS IS WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN IF YOU DON’T CLEAN YOUR GUN.”

THE RECURITS TRAIN WITH A VARIETY OF WEAPONS SUCH AS HAND GUNS, RIFLES, SHOTGUNS AND NON-LEATHEL WEAPONS.

(SGT. DAVID LARA, ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT)

“THE TRAINING NEVER STOPS. SO, ONCE THEY’RE DONE WITH THE ACADEMY, OF COURSE, THEY GO THRU THE FTL PROGRAM. FIELD TRAINING, AND ONCE THEY’RE ON THEIR OWN, THEY HAVE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO COME OUT HERE, USE THEIR GUNS, RIFLES, THEIR OFF-DUTY WEAPONS AND STAY IN-TUNE WITH THEM. THAT WAY THEY KEEP ON PRACTICING.”

TONI DECOSTA, A NATIVE OF HAWAII IS A RECRUIT WITH THE ODESSA POLICE ACADEMY 16. SHE HAS A MILITARY BACKGROUND. AND HAS PRIOR FIREARMS TRAINING.

(TONI DECOSTA, RECRUIT-ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT ACADEMY 16)

“I’VE DONE FIVE AND A HALF YEARS IN THE AIR FORCE RESERV, WHERE WE’VE FIRED RIFLES, NEVER REALLY PISTOLS. I GREW UP SHOOTING RIFLES WITH MY GRANDPA NEVER REALLY PISTOLS. SO, THIS IS AH. DEFINITELY A NEW LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR ME.”

FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA.

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Author: Danny Barrera