Not to be out-gunned

Posted December 13, 2012 at 9:43 am

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POLICE CHIEF SHOWS NEW RIFLES – An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, the old saying goes. On Nov. 21, the El Dorado Springs Police Department got several pounds of prevention from the Law Enforcement Support Office under the Department of Defense in the form of three M-14 service rifles in 7.62mm/.308 Winchester (in Police Chief Jarrod Schiereck’s right hand) and M-16 A1 service rifles in 5.56 mm/.223 caliber (in the Police Chief’s left hand). These rifles if purchased by the department would have cost from $800 to well over $1,000 each. The M-14s are in good used condition and the M-16 A1s are new in box. The M-14 rifles are semi-automatic. The M-16 rifles have a selector switch to go from safe, to semi-auto, then to the full auto rate of fire. These firearms augment the Police Department’s arsenal to provide for the protection and safety of our community. The only cost to the City was the shipping charges which were well under $400. Each officer went through a 4-hour training course on the rifles concerning maintenance, loading/unloading, clearing malfunctions and marksmanship. The department cannot make any changes to the rifles except to add scopes because the government can ask for them back at any time, the chief said, as it can with vehicles and computers it supplies to police departments.

The chief said the rifles will be issued to individual officers to carry in patrol cars, specifically for active shooter situations. They will be stored in a safe place when the officer is not on duty.

Chief Schiereck, a certified Marksmanship Instructor in the Marines, has adopted four cardinal rules for the department: 1) Every firearm is loaded; 2) Never point a weapon at anything you are not willing to destroy or in a direction where a negligent discharge will do harm (Laser rule – treat it as an active laser that will cut anything the muzzle crosses); 3) Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the threat and you have made the conscious decision to fire; 4) Know your threat and what is beyond.