El Mirage Police Campaign – Issue #2
Ask the El Mirage City Council to restore proper training and resources to El Mirage Police Officers!
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To protect residents and themselves, a police officer must be prepared for the most unpredictable and violent of scenarios. Officer preparation includes having access to the right tools and training.
After the U.S. Department of Labor ruled that the City of El Mirage had violated Federal Law by giving officers a one-time bonus that withheld earnings from overtime, police firearms training ceased.
In a smaller police department like El Mirage, overtime is necessary for training and to maintain minimum staffing. Officers and citizens alike are placed in jeopardy and city liability is increased exponentially, when staffing falls below proper standards.
Time, ammunition and instruction for firearms training ceased in El Mirage despite a city policy requiring officers to qualify twice a year with their rifles. Until recently, officers had not qualified since 2015. Worse yet, El Mirage officers have still not given a qualifying handgun score since early 2016.
Under the recommendation of El Mirage City Manager Isom, overtime funds were no longer used for training after the U.S. Department of Labor ruling. Instead officers were given memberships to Shooter’s World and expected to qualify and train on their own time and with their own resources – again, officers were not given ammunition, targets, time off, or instruction.
On the topic of instruction, AZPOST Certified firearms instructors are necessary to help officers improve their accuracy, manipulations proficiency, clearing jambs, and cover shooting. Officers cannot expect to see significant improvement from practicing at a static firing range and shooting at paper targets.
The proper tools and training can also help to mitigate an agency’s legal liability. The two biggest legal liabilities for a police department are 1) failure to train and 2) failure to supervise. An incident demonstrating a lack of either could result in a lawsuit that could easily pay out more than the costs a jurisdiction is trying to save.
El Mirage Police officers and residents deserve better!
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