Peggy Kiefer

Grove Sun

Gun shots could be heard echoing through Grove Friday as Grove Police Department trained and tested their firearm skills. “We renew our qualifications at a minimum of once a year,” said Police Chief Mark Morris.

Each officer must renew his or her qualification with any weapons. To qualify they must shoot their hand guns with 70 percent accuracy or better, rifles with 80 percent and shot guns at seventy percent or better.

“This includes full time and reserve officers,” said Morris.

Training and qualifying was provided by David McCracken and Detective Jamie Highley, Fire Arms Instructors for the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for the State of Oklahoma (CLEET).

In addition to the firearms training, Grove Police will also be trained in night time, low light and no light situations and tactical team qualifying and training which includes move and shoot.

“A lot depends on available funding, but typically we like to have four trainings throughout the year,” said Morris.