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Perfecting marksmanship: Sandia California Security Police Officers train to improve skills

November 17, 2015

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In training, the Protective Force has looked carefully at this threat to identify trends, courses of action, and response techniques.

Training trumps everything.

Security Police Officers (SPO) at Sandia/California continue to far exceed the minimum standard of required training.

Pablo Maurino, the lead training instructor for the site, says the Protective Force conducts training throughout the year and officers participate in live fire training eight to 10 times a year. Firearms training is typically an eight-hour day; however, SPOs may also receive live fire training on the range in shorter durations while on shift as scheduling permits. Each SPO has to qualify semi-annually with a duty-issued Glock 9mm and the H&K 416 rifle.

“We all understand that 99 percent of an SPO’s career will consist of protecting a facility, its people, and classified documents, constantly deterring but never seeing the enemy,” says Pablo. “We train for the 1 percent, the one time we have to get it right.”

Read more at this link (look on page 3).

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Each Security Police Officer has to qualify semi-annually with a duty-issued Glock 9mm and the H&K 416 rifle.