As some of the tribe knows I've been made the Head Rangemaster for my S.O. A few weeks ago we had our qualifications. This ends up being a week of working the range and running quals for handgun, rifle, and shotgun. Many officers aren't expert marksmen, but they are fairly competent. One problem I run into is some officers only shoot their weapons when they qualify. We all know the necessity of being skilled with your handgun and I don't cut these officers any slack. Having been a officer for 17 years in TX I fully understand our pistols are the second least used items on our belts. That doesn't change the fact it's the one item we carry that has no substitute and when it's needed it's NEEDED RIGHT NOW. On to the situation.
Each deputy or corrections officer gets two chances to qualify. The vast majority make it in one try. If they don't make it in their 2nd attempt they're suspended for 10 days. During the 10 days they may take an 8 hour remedial course if they haven't had one in 36 months. I was sick with the flu and bronchitis the first day of qualifications and wasn't able to attend. While I was out we had four employees that needed remedial training and three of the four faced termination if they failed. Have you ever had to work miracles under pressure?
Employee #1 wasn't going to be a problem. She's young, athletic, and aggressive. I've coached her just a little in the past and know I can get her tuned up in short order. She didn't put in the practice and has a few bad habits. No worries, I know she'll be good. Problem was she was worried and I had to get her settled down and guide her to regaining her confidence.
Employee #2 I was very concerned. This deputy is in his middle 60's and near retirement. He has some health concerns and tremors in his hands. He wants to retire but not today! BTW, those tremors get worse when he's nervous. When your job is on the line it has a way of creating a little stress.
Employee #3 is in his late 50's. He has issues with tremors as well and his condition is exasperated by stress. He's been so upset about his current predicament he's begun cleaning out his office.
Employee #4 Is young and strong. He just has bad habits that feel normal to him. Yeah, the worst kind of habits. I know he can make it, but he's corrections so he's not facing termination, just limited job assignments.
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