Fire when ready
Published 10:10 am Friday, April 20, 2012
Members of the Albert Lea Police Department showed students in the Citizens Academy how to shoot a handgun on Thursday night.
Before shooting, Lt. Darin Palmer displayed equipment that SWAT members would use and explained the situation in which they would be used.
He passed around a tactical vest, a body bunker, a gas mask, three weapons and a recon scout.
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The recon scout was a robot with a camera attached. The robot is a device that allows the SWAT team to locate people without actually entering a situation. It can handle a three-story drop.
Then officers Jacob Stockwell and Dave Miller talked about the parts of a sniper rifle, a Taser and a handgun.
Stockwell demonstrated how an X-26 Taser works. He told the class that officers have to have a refresher course in Taser training every year and said the peak voltage of a Taser used by law enforcement is 50,000 volts. For comparison, he said the voltage of a typical static shock like rubbing feet on carpet and then touching something is around 30,000 volts.
After the presentations, Stockwell and Miller took three students at a time to the basement of the Freeborn County Courthouse to shoot a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber handgun specially made for police and military purposes. They were each allowed to shoot 10 bullets at a paper target.