Thursday, September 26, 2013
Four members of the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office – Lt. Joseph Burnette, Ret. Capt. David Moore, Maj. John Garrison and Lt. Kenneth Billings – drove 3,400 miles to Albuquerque, New Mexico to participate in the National Rifle Association (NRA) National Police Shooting Championships (PPC) September 15 – 20 and brought back trophies and awards for their efforts.
The event is a combination of training and competition that involved more than 300 officers from across the United States and at least three countries from around the world.
The event includes shooting a shotgun, semi-auto pistol and revolver in different disciplines from off duty, stock service, National Distinguished and Open events with distances varying from three to 50 yards.
In the Stock Service Auto Pistol and Open Class Revolver four-man team, the DCSO shooters placed second in class edged out by the Los Angeles Police Department Team in both events.
In the Open Class Auto Pistol event, DCSO finished first in class beating out the second place team by just a matter of X’s, which are used to break a tie should both teams have the same numerical score.
In individual matches, each shooter did well bringing back trophies ranging from first to fifth place.
In the Tactical Police Competition (TPC) event that was shot prior to the PPC event, Captain (Ret.) David Moore and Lt. Kenneth Billings placed third shooting as a two-man team. The TPC competition presents competitors with multiple scenarios that are shot with the service handgun, shotgun and patrol rifle or a combination of two or all three weapons.
Each event is timed and scores are determined by time it takes to run the course, and accuracy with points deducted for rounds not placed in the scoring center.
All the deputies that attended are members of the South Carolina Police Combat League which is an NRA affiliated, law enforcement training group that sponsors competitions throughout South Carolina during the year.
The League paid the registration fees for all four shooters to attend.
Each shooter was responsible for providing their own transportation and equipment and team fees were paid out of pocket.
“We are proud to be able to represent the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office and the people of Dorchester County in a law enforcement activity, competing shoulder to shoulder with the best this country has to offer, and come back with recognition for our efforts,” said Garrison.
The NRA is one of the leading providers in the country for the training for police officers, providing instructor certification for law enforcement firearm instructors and training for line officers. All four that attended the Albuquerque matches are instructors for the sheriff’s office and bring back new and innovative methods of training in firearms and officer safety.