It has become even more clear in recent months that police officers put their lives on the line every day. Because of that potential danger, police departments are constantly training. The Gulfport Police Department was on the range Tuesday taking advantage of a donated training session.
Members of the Gulfport Business Club recently signed a resolution declaring their support for the department. David Comstock wanted to put action to that resolution.
"We want the Gulfport PD to be the best trained police force in the nation," said Comstock.
Comstock is building Range 53, an indoor shooting range and training facility. He decided to offer a training session even before his facility opens.
Others pitched in to help with the session at the police department's firearms training center. The ammunition company, Atlantic Marksman, manufactured rounds at cost, and the business club purchased them to donate to the session.
The department jumped at the chance for more firearm instruction.
"It's important that we teach these guys and continue training so they can make the right decision when they have to," said Capt. Rob Enochs.
Police train on a regular basis, but having a different perspective for instruction is something the department likes to see. That's exactly what firearms instructor Bank Miller was bringing to the table.
"We're going to be doing a lot of team shooting and movement drills and things that can be used in and around vehicles," said Miller.
He said these strategies are very relevant with recent shootings that took place during traffic stops.
"It's a good reminder of what they have to put up with or could put up with," said Miller.
According to Miller, he teaches many firearm safety and procedural techniques that could save lives if worst comes to worst. His hope is that these officers never have to use what they're learning here.
"It would be a great world if we could just say we wouldn't need firearms, but if we're going to be that naïve, we could put a lot of people in danger," said Miller.
Comstock hopes to develop a lasting relationship with Gulfport police. He said Range 53 could begin construction in about four months.