ICE Agent explains why he competes and trains for NRA Tactical Police Competitions

ICE Agent Arlo Arcinas walking through one of NRA's Tactical Police Competition courses in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Standing approximately five feet six inches tall with a touch of gray scattered about his the black matted coiffure, you probably wouldn't think that Arlo Arcinas as a federal agent just by looking at him. He doesn't exactly fit the physical stereotype. But that's one of the things that makes him such a valuable asset. That and the skills that earned him a spot on the ICE National Pistol Team. He's been there so long, he was on the team before there even was an ICE.

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South Carolina and New Mexico law enforcement takes top titles at NRA Nationals

Heath Clevenger wins the Tactical Division at NRA's Tactical Police Shooting Championships in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - After two days of sloshing through the puddles and crawling through mud, the NRA broke down the numbers for their Tactical Police Competition at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park to name the winners. With totals of 400.41 seconds and 435.00, Heath Clevenger and Ferman Ortega won the Tactical and Patrol Division titles.

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Downpours in Albuquerque provides another level of difficulty for Law Enforcement shooters

Front loader dumps gravel on NRA Tactical Police Competition course at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Flash flood warnings are the norm in New Mexico this week. With record rainfalls and a continuous deluge, the campgrounds, streets, bridges and local landmarks are experiencing what some refer to as a once in a lifetime flood. Those taking part in NRA's National Police Shooting Championships at Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park are feeling the affects as well.

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Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park sets the stage for NRA's Tactical Police Competition

Law Vegas Marksmanship Unit preps for a rifle competition at NRA Tactical in New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Day one of NRA's Tactical Police Competition at the Shooting Range Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico is done. With only half the scores in, it's still too early to make any predictions. So instead of breaking out the scores, we're going to go with a collection of photos from the day.

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Up to 200 law enforcement officers running 3-gun with duty pistols, rifles and shotguns

Shooter in NRA's New Mexico Tactical Police Competition hits water behind the targets at the Shooting Range Park

Albuquerque, New Mexico - Though the official start of NRA's National Police Shooting Championships is scheduled for Monday, the quasi-official running of the championships has already began. It starts as it does every year with a Tactical Police Competition.

Basically a 3-Gun course, the competition is different in one very significant way — the competitors.

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NRA's Tactical Police Competition keeps competitors on their toes

Fairfax, Virginia - It's hard to describe the action on display at NRA's Tactical Police Competition. To appreciate the skills of these law enforcement officers as they blaze through one real-life scenario after another. Each time called on to quickly identify their targets and the deploy their duty sidearm, rifle or shotgun (or a combination of the three).

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NRA Law Enforcement Division's Tactical Competition simulates injury during a gun fight

Fairfax, Virginia - You've all heard the phrase; traffic stop gone bad. A simple speeding or failure to signal stop can turn a law enforcement officer's good instincts into a potentially tragic event. What happens next can mean the difference between life and death.

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Final results for NRA Law Enforcement Competition in Virginia

Tactical Division Shotgun Shooter in the NRA's Virginia Tactical Police Competition

Fairfax, Virginia - Almost 130 competitors filed through the doors of NRA's Virginia Tactical Police Competition this weekend. Split evenly into Tactical and Patrol Divisions (Tactical allows for semi-auto shotguns and/or rifles with an optical sight), competitors engaged threats on six separate real-life stages created by NRA staff.

"Three days of well-spirited competition," said National Police Pistol Combat Competitions Manager Marc Lipp. "We had police officers here from as far as Texas, South Carolina and Connecticut."

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Officers display skills with rifle, pistols and shotguns used on the job

Shotgun course at NRA's Fairfax Tactical Police Competition, 2013

Fairfax, Virginia - Round three of NRA's Virginia Tactical Police Competition (TPC) started early this morning in Fairfax. A test of an officer's ability to run through real-life scenarios and engage targets with rifles, shotguns and pistols, NRA's TPCs are a favorite training tool for the competitors.

"The courses help develop your problem solving skills," said Mark, a police officer from Maryland. "You have to figure out how to get through the course, engage all the proper targets, and do so as quickly as possible. It's challenging."

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