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WCSO Range adds turning targets to facility

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Training Center and Range was closed three days this week to allow for the installation of mechanized turning targets. The $14,700 project improves law enforcement training conditions for local, state and federal law officers who train at the facility, according to Lt. Ronald Mitchell, who supervises the Range.

Beacon Target Turner of Harvard, Illinois was the low bidder and completed the project with the assistance of the WCSO Range staff, WCSO maintenance crew members Robert Cochran and Matt Slavens and inmate labor.

Company owner, designer and engineer Gregg Rang was at the Range on Friday, Oct. 25 as Sheriff Charlie Creel, Undersheriff Trey Morrison and members of the WCSO staff accepted the new targets and presented the check to Rang. In addition, the sheriff’s office acquired portable turning targets that can be moved inside a building or other location for more specialized training. Lt. Mitchell said the turning targets give law enforcement officers an opportunity to train to safely determine whether a sudden appearance of a human being constitutes a threat or not. The training targets will be used to include all variety of firearms.

Mitchell said he was “ecstatic” about the new targets which replace outdated technology that was installed in 1993 as used equipment. The new equipment has the ability to allow training officers to manipulate all or some of the targets at the same time to provide more effective training.

Attending the check presentation with Sheriff Charlie Creel were: Lt. Ronald “Boonie” Mitchell, WCSO Maintenance Director Robert Cochran, Undersheriff Trey Morrison, Gregg Rang of Beacon Target, Barry Glover, who assisted the county acquire the original target system in the 1990s, and Sgt. Dale Evans of the training staff.

“This is a great addition to the WCSO Range,” said Sheriff Creel. “I know that other agencies are excited about the opportunity to train using our new technology. We are very pleased to be able to upgrade our facility.”

 

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