MOUNT VERNON — Law enforcement officers work every day to protect the public, and in performing their duties, they are often in harm’s way. FBI statistics for 2011 show that four Ohio police officers were among 72 officers killed nationally by criminal activity last year, 63 of them by firearms.
Officers at the Mount Vernon Police Department know their firearm proficiency protects both officers and private citizens. It’s also a matter of obeying the Ohio Revised Code that states that every year officers who carry firearms in the course of their official duties must complete a firearms re-qualification program.
All of the officers with the Mount Vernon Police Department were re-certified on Dec. 17 and 18. This year’s re-certification took a new course — literally.
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