With a zeal and enthusiasm that embodies NRA Law Enforcement, members of the competition staff packed up the truck, jumped on the road, and rang in the tactical police competition (TPC) new year at the Best of the West Shooting Sports Complex in Austin, Texas. More than a hundred law enforcement officers bristling with anticipation of claiming the first title of 2011 … thus setting the stage for the coming season.
“When law enforcement officers participate in these competitions, they are investing in their future,” explained Tournament Director Marc Lipp. “We believe that our TPCs are a vital extension of training, adding another level of preparedness for what they might face out on the streets.”
As per usual, the courses were new and ripe with complexity. From 270 Degree Shotgun (19 rounds of birdshot fired inside a faux four-way alley) to Downed Officer Backup (Shooting Rifle, Handgun & Shotgun after dragging a wounded officer to safety) to Vandalism Report (engaging hostiles while running through a suspect’s home,) the only thing more taxing than Austin’s TPC was the Texas sun.
“We were burned, we were exhausted, and we're pleased that everyone had a great time,” said Lipp. “Can’t think of a better way to start off the year.”
Here’s how it all played out:
|| Fort Worth Police Dept.
|| Round Rock Police Dept.
|| Perry Nuclear Power Plant, OH
|| Durham PD, North Carolina
|| Lewisville Police Dept.
|| U.S. Border Patrol, New Mexico
|| San Antonio Police Department
|| U.S. Border Patrol
|| Texas Dept. of Public Safety
|| Austin Police Department