By Lars Dalseide | September 17 2012 11:13

Dept. Chief Warfield and Councilman Sanchez welcome NRA and law enforcement competitors

Dept. Chief Steve Warfield presides over opening ceremonies at National Police Shooting Championship Albuquerque, New Mexico - Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 NRA National Police Shooting Championship began at 7:30 this morning on Albuquerque's Shooting Range Park. Conducted by Deputy Chief Steve Warfield, this event marked the seventh consecutive year that Albuquerque has hosted the Championships.

"This competition, this fellowship, this organization and this event are very near and dear to the Albuquerque Police Department, the City of Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico."

Warfield was flanked by members of Albuquerque's Mounted Patrol Unit as the Police Department's color guard came into view. Holding fast during a rendition of the National Anthem by APD Officer Sarah Alvarez, they pulled back their flags, turned right, and marched out of view.

Following a few words from APD Chaplin Commander Brian Dennison, Warfield gave thanks to the people who helped make the Championships possible. Recognizing officials from the National Rifle Association, City Officials and former APD's Mike Castro, City Councilman Ken Sanchez was asked to say a few words.

Albuquerque City Councilman Ken Sanchez an National Police Shooting Championship opening ceremonies

"What a great honor to be here today," said Councilman Ken Sanchez. "It takes a collaborative effort (to host the NRA Police Shooting Championships). And united, as a community, there is very little that we cannot do."

Warfield returned to the podium to close the event with a few choice words for the competitors.

"Well you didn't come here to listen, you came here to shoot. Good luck to all competitors. Welcome to New Mexico, welcome to Albuquerque, have a great time."

Law Enforcement competitors at opening ceremonies for NRA's National Police Shooting Championships

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