The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on May 22, 1974 · Page 5
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The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota · Page 5

Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Wednesday, May 22, 1974
Page 5
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Peace officers test their skills •V - ; *iciu- .i .:• -.4l*;' '?& ~-*i ' '• Nearly 30 members of the Otter Tail County Peace Officers' Association gathered near Dent Tuesday to participate in the bi-annual pistol shoot. Twenty-six officers competed in five classes to earn class competition and team trophies. The men shot at life size paper targets from ranges of four, seven, ten, fifteen and twenty-five yards. Each man was permitted to shoot 50 rounds during the competition. Since the competition was initiated three years ago, the state highway patrol has won the team trophy three consecutive times. This year the team trophy was captured by'the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department. The sheriffs office scored 1,222 points; the Fergus Falls Police Department, 1,203 points, and the state patrol, 1,191 points. The Class A competition was captured by Pete Johnson, city police, who shot a score of 250 points; Class B by Dave Olson, sheriff's office, 250 points; ClassC by Gary Waskosky, sheriff's office, 248 points; Class D by Terry Jacobson, county probation and parole, 247 points; and Class E by Gene Field, city police, 250 points. The maximum score for individual competition is 250 points. An officer's entry in one particular class is determined by his average score during the past three consecutive pistol snoots, according to Pete Johnson, president of the peace officer's association. New policemen on the city police force must shoot a qualifying score of 190 points in order to carry a gun, Johnson said. If they can't quality, they don't carry a gun. Johnson pointed out that during the five months that city police have been practicing, the minimum score improvement has been 15 points. Two years ago, 250 points was considered a good score at the shoot. Scores of 245, 247, and 250 are not uncommon now, he noted. The law enforcement departments provide the ammunition. Johnson estimated that between 2,500 and 3,000 rounds were shot during the afternoon. Pete Johnson, Fergus Falls Police, shows form that won Class A competition in Otter Tail County Peace Officer's Association pistol shoot near Dent. Highway patrolman Don Hoogland (left) surrenders pistol shoot trophy to Sheriff's Deputy Gary Waskosky. Irv Hagen (left), Fergus Falls Police and Jim LeRoy, Sheriff's Deputy, clean pistols following competition. f ^

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