The Clay County Sheriff's Department is giving retired law enforcement officers the opportunity to maintain and hone their firearm skills in the civilian sector.
"It's hard to shut off that instinctive drive to serve and protect after years of service to their communities," Sgt. Jason Frazier said in a press release. "With that said, Sheriff (Mike) Heaton has made it possible for our department to give back by maintaining the firearms training standards for retired officers."
The department will be conducting a Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) Handgun Qualification course for any retired officers including federal, state or local agencies in the Wabash Valley.
LEOSA certifies qualified law enforcement officers and qualified retired law enforcement officers to carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States regardless of state or local laws.
The LEOSA certification may be gained through the course, which allows retired officers to carry a firearm anywhere in the United States as long as they maintain their yearly certification.
The course will be on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 3-6 p.m., at the Pro-TEQ Firearms Range, located at 3057 W. County Road 1200 N., Brazil. The shooting range is used for handgun, shotgun and rifle training for law enforcement, military and civilian community members.
The qualification course is free through the Clay County Sheriff's Department, other than a range fee, which allows participants to use the range for one year. Once completed, participants will be issued a LEOSA Training and Qualification Card.
Retirees are asked to bring the following to the course:
* Valid retired ID card meeting the requirements set by IC 35-47-15-4,
* The handgun the retiree wishes to carry concealed as a retired police officer,
* A holster for the above handgun,
* At least 48 rounds of ammunition for the above handgun, and
* Range usage free of $10.
Participants are encouraged to bring 100 additional rounds of ammunition for warm up drills and one practice qualification attempt.
Any retirees interested in obtaining LEOSA certification, must contact Frazier to register for the training.
To register, contact Frazier at 446-2535 Ext. 108, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.