NORMAN — Shots rang out Tuesday morning as a Norman Police officer moved from target to target at the Lt. Royce O. Weddle Firing Range, showcasing new interactive targets the department recently received.
A ceremony at the firing range Tuesday unveiled the new equipment and honored two community partners for their donation of more than $20,000 worth of equipment.
Pete Brownell, president of Brownells, “The World’s Largest Supplier of Firearms Accessories” and Gary Giudice, founder and president of Blue Heron Communications, a local marketing company, were both honored with plaques presented by the Norman Police Department.
Lt. Lance Arnold said the new targets are reactive targets, rather than static paper targets, to help enhance training.
“We’re really excited about the possibilities of having these kind of targets and what it can do for our training,” Arnold said.
Some of the targets move laterally or forward toward the shooter, some will rotate once they are shot and some are even designed to train for hostage situations. They also have air compression systems, so once they are shot in the right place they will go down, but will come back up automatically.
“I’ll tell you one of the things that really impressed me when I first came to our department was the professionalism and the passion that our officers have when it comes to firearms training and this just enhances that training so I really appreciate that,” said Chief Keith Humphrey. “This is just one of the many partnerships that we have here in Norman and this is just going to make us a better department.”
Brownell said it is important to support law enforcement as we go forward as a country. Support is especially critical in a place like this because not only do several local law enforcement agencies train at the facility, but also federal and state agencies, he said.