Deputies Place at National Shooting Championships
From September 13, 2013 to September 17, 2013 two Lancaster County Sheriff’s Deputies traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to compete in the National Police Shooting Championships. The NPSC is an annual event held in Albuquerque and features approximately 300 law enforcement officers from all over the country and several from foreign countries. The NPSC is comprised of a multitude of different shooting events. Competitors choose which events they participate in.
At the match, Inv. Spencer McInvaille and Major Matt Shaw competed in several events including the Tactical Police Competition (TPC) where they placed 2nd in the Patrol Division team competition. Individually Major Shaw finished 7th and Sgt. McInvaille finished 11th in the patrol division. The team competition results are determined by combining the individual results of the two team members from the same agency. Approximately 120 shooters and 30 teams competed in the TPC.
Major Shaw also placed 5th in NRA PPC competition County Law Enforcement Unclassified Division.
While at the event Inv. McInvaille and Major Shaw were able to attend a free Armorer’s course that certified them to maintain and work on departmentally owned firearms. The training course typically costs each student $195. The department as a whole will benefit by having these deputies certified to do this work free of charge.
This trip was made possible through the generosity of NutraMax. NutraMax funded the trip and allowed these deputies to represent the Sheriff’s Office and the County of Lancaster.
TPC matches are comprised of four to seven separate courses of fire. Courses may be handgun-only, rifle or shotgun-only, or a combination of firearms. Each course is designed to challenge the officer's skills in the use of their duty firearms and equipment. Some of the challenges include: assessing threat and non-threat targets; firing from unusual shooting positions; making tactical decisions of how to move through a course; using cover and working around visual barriers; being responsible for ammunition management; assessing hits; and balancing the paramount need for accuracy with speed.
TPC is different in many ways from other combat or tactical competitions. Some notable differences include:
• TPC is only for law enforcement officers, members of the U.S. Military and private sector law enforcement officers.
• Firearms, holsters and other equipment must be "patrol duty gear."
• Courses of fire are designed as either Skill-Based Courses or Scenario-Based Courses.
• Skill-Based Courses challenge the officer's skills and abilities in handling, accuracy and overall proficiency with a given firearm system under set conditions.
Scenario Based Courses place the officer in a hypothetical law enforcement encounter. The officer must then decide how to run the course and solve the challenges presented according to their own tactics and skills.