OPD cadets receive crucial firearms training


Six OPD cadets spent countless hours receiving firearms training this week. The training is part of the final steps before becoming Odessa Police officers. 

The cadets had to go through training on how to handle a weapon properly and aim correctly when they identify a target. 

Training requires cadets have 12 hours of firearms training before taking their final exam for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.  

Holly Mcelyea, OPD cadet, said the training teaches the cadets the safety and precaution when shooting a gun. 

“”Well, it teaches you how to be safe when shooting a gun and handling a gun,” she said. 

The OPD academy trains its future police officers with the tactics they need to know for their protection as well as for the community’s.

Sgt. Tommy Jones, Odessa Police Department, explains more on the importance for the cadets to undergo firearms training.   

“The shoot and don’t shoot scenario is going to help citizens,” he said. “You run up on a citizen with a cell phone -.you do not want to shoot that citizen…you want to make sure you identified your target before you fire that weapon.”

“Training does teach us how to properly handle a weapon,” said Mcelyea. “For us to be safe and the community to be safe.”

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