Two Days of Tactical Police Competitions in Southern Oregon
Medford, Oregon - The offices of NRA's Tactical Police Competition Division were empty today. Abandoned desks and cubicles decorated with phone directories, old programs, unclaimed trophies and souvenirs of cities that once welcomed them with open arms. The only clues as to where everyone went are taped to the hallway's whiteboard. Oregon. They've gone to Oregon.
A few phone calls revealed that most have been there for a few days now. Some as long as two weeks. Sounds reasonable. After all, it takes a while to put together a proper Tactical Police Competition.
"Two days of competition," NRA Tactical Police Program Administrator Bert Peacher told us over the phone. "It went so well last year that we need two days to run all the competitors through the six stages of our event."
With names such as "What's your major malfunction?" and "Open Warehouse Rifle Search", Peacher and company are expected to welcome more than a hundred law enforcement officers to the Jackson County Sports Park. Using only duty issued rifles, pistols and shotguns, local LEOs (Law Enforcement Officers) are welcome to turn corners, perform tactical reloads and find their targets on the fly. Just don't aim for the white ones ... those represent the good guys."
"Is it fun? Yes," said Peacher. "But it's also about training. You have to be fast, you have to be accurate and you have to be smart with your approach. Make a mistake here and you'll lose points. Make a mistake out on the streets and you could lose a lot more.
"Hopefully they'll be able to apply what they learn here, identifying targets and acting successfully under stressful situations, to their regular duties. That's the real goal."
Though today's runs are all but complete, there's another batch of hopefuls ready to make the same assault tomorrow. Hopefully we'll be able to round up some scores and action shots by then.
The NRA Law Enforcement Division created the Tactical Police Competition (TPC) program to encourage patrol officers to gain more experience, training and time on the range using their duty firearms. While traditional qualification courses are important, live fire exercises and challenges to hone their skills in handling and deploying duty firearms are too.
For more information on NRA's Tactical Police Competitions, check out their webpage at http://tpc.nra.org/