Originally Published: November 16, 2018 7:06 p.m.
The local company of the Arizona Rangers recently sponsored a three-day training session for Rangers throughout the state. The classes were part of the “Train the Trainer” program developed and implemented by Ranger Lt. Rick Fisher of the Lonesome Valley Company. The program consisted of hands on training at the “Pro Force Tactical Law Enforcement Range” operated by the Chino Valley Police Department. Ten of the Ranger participants were also allowed to experience the Chino Valley PD shooting incident simulator. According to Fisher “The purpose of the Train the Trainer program is to bring together as many as possible of the Arizona Ranger Firearms instructors to hone their teaching skills and to standardize Ranger training and the administration of the Arizona Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) qualifications testing.” The three-day training program also included the NRA shotgun instructor class that allowed the participants to be certified in shotgun training.
All Arizona Rangers are required to meet the same firearms standards as certified police officers. The emphasis of the training over the three days in late September was the safe use of police shotguns, combat techniques and accuracy. Approximately 40 rangers from fifteen of the nineteen Arizona Ranger companies were represented at the training.
Lt. Fisher added that most of the funding for the training came from a grant from the National Rifle Association Foundation (NRA). The training is part of the part of the Arizona Rangers mission to assist Law Enforcement Agencies to help protect the citizens and by extension, make our communities a safer place to enjoy the fruits of the American dream. Other companies and organizations helped make the weekend a successful training session by their donations of money and equipment.
The modern Arizona Rangers are a state recognized law enforcement assistance agency. They were founded in 1957 by the remaining members of the original territorial Rangers of 1901 to 1909. The territorial rangers were credited with removing most of the criminal element during the days of the wild west allowing Arizona to achieve statehood in 1912.
To learn more about the Arizona Rangers or to check into our informational lectures and presentations, contact Lt. Eugene Grimm at 928-925-6057.