Cadets progressing through the Edmond Police Department’s in-house Police Academy are sharpening their shooting skills at the agency’s firing range.
The cadets are working their way through the EPD’s 21-week in-house academy coordinated by Police Sgt. Jeff Richardson. Standard firearms qualifications include shooting from one to 50 yards, Richardson said.
“Accuracy, of course, is paramount in everything we do,” Richardson said. “Right now we’re crawling before we walk before we run.”
Wednesday the students began the introduction to firearms in the classroom, going over things like nomenclature, firing position and proper handling of a weapon and safety, Richardson said. Thursday was their first day on the range shooting live ammunition with 45-caliber Glock 21 pistols.
“They have taken four different exams all about firearms and firearm safety,” Richardson said.
Regarding safety, the cadets learned standard rules such as treat all weapons as loaded and never point it at anything you don’t want to destroy, Richardson said. They shoot handguns for about a week before they transition from shotguns to rifles, Richardson said.
Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said two cadets have quit, leaving six in the academy.
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