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Clay County Sheriff's Office Continues Officer Training

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On April 9th and 10th, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with Centerfuge Training conducted low light handgun training and a ballistic demonstration utilizing donated vehicles. This training was open to law enforcement officers from all over the United States.

Participants included the members of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, US Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force, New York Police Department, DEA Quantico, Raleigh Police Department, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Macon County Sheriff’s Office, Wintergreen Virginia Police Department, Lexington Kentucky Police Department, Sylva Police Department, NC ALE, Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office, Winston-Salem Police Department, and the Lilburn GA Police Department.

This training focused on the importance of utilizing tactics involving proper utilization of light as well as gun fighting in and around vehicles. Low light handgun training is vital since 70% of law enforcement officer involved shootings occur at night and 80% of those happen around vehicles.

In 2023 47 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty because of gunfire. In 2024 that number is already at 10 officers killed by gunfire in the US.

The training was conducted on county property provided by the Clay County Commissioners. The range facility was made possible by support of many generous local businesses. A special thanks to Billy Garret Construction, Blankenship Hydroseeding, NC DOT, Doug Taylor Electric, Clay County Facilities Maintenance, Sherry Rodgriguez with Take a Break Portables, George’s Hardware, Mountain Building Supply and the Clay County Transfer Station.

This training was brought to Clay County free of charge by Blake Buchanan who is an instructor with Centerfuge Training LLC.

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