Medford, Oregon - NRA staff and volunteers are on the ground in Oregon. To be more concise, they've been on the ground for about a week now. All in preparation for tomorrow's Tactical Police Competition.
Hosted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at the Jackson County Sports Park, the competition kicks off bright and early tomorrow morning around 8. By day's end, roughly a hundred competitors will make their way through up to eight challenging courses in the quest for time. But the best time isn't going to be easy at this event.
"We're expecting rain for most of the day," said Law Enforcement Competitions Manager Marc Lipp. "Add that to the elevation and we're going to have a bunch of taxed individuals once we wrap things up."
Open to public and private sworn law enforcement officers as well as like stationed members of the U.S. Military, NRA Tactical Police Competitions are a test of an officer's skills. Utilizing only their duty equipment (no competition gear allowed), competitors will zig and zag through a variety of doors, hallways and barriers.
"Got to get through the course in the fastest time with the least amount of mistakes," said Program Administrator Bert Peacher. "That's the one who'll win. But as long as they're competing then they're training. And that's the most important part of what we're doing here."