In conjunction with the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, the National Rifle Association of America recently announced the 2019 National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC) will be held at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer’s Training Academy (MLEOTA) in Pearl, MS, September 23-25.
Previously, the match was held in Pearl from 1969 to 1980, and also in Jackson, MS, for a five-year stretch from 1989 to 2004.
“The NRA’s National Police Shooting Championships is pleased to announce our return to Mississippi this year,” said NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre. “We believe that competition is a direct extension of training, and this competitive event allows us to further assist the law enforcement professionals who dedicate their lives to ensuring our safety. We proudly welcome law enforcement officers from across the country and around the world to join us again in Pearl for this challenging tradition.”
“Mississippi is proud to host the 2019 NRA National Police Shooting Championships and excited to show what our great state has to offer to the hundreds of law enforcement officers that will be in the Magnolia State,” said Governor Phil Bryant, adding, “These men and women put their lives on the line each day to protect and serve and are the best marksmen from around the country. We look forward to a wonderful event.”
Open to both public and private law enforcement officers as well as select law enforcement drawn from the ranks of U.S. Armed Forces, competing at NPSC has been a shooting tradition since 1962. A three-day match, hundreds of LE professionals from the local, state and federal levels test marksmanship skills at NPSC each year.
The NRA has been a longtime supporter of law enforcement competition and training. Conducted by NRA Law Enforcement Division staff, NPSC courses of fire realistically tests law enforcement shooting skills. Competitors are required to start with guns holstered, firing timed matches from multiple positions and distances. No invitation is required to participate, and registrants can shoot in as few or many matches as they wish.
The new venue, the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy, sits on 243 acres in Rankin County, MS. It boasts range facilities up to the task of hosting this historic championship.
“MLEOTA is a warm and welcoming environment for any and all law enforcement officers traveling to Mississippi not only for the competition, but also the networking and fellowship that take place,” said retired Mississippi Highway Patrol Lieutenant Col. Pat Cronin, an 11-time Team NRA champion.
“The Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy is nationally recognized as one of the top premier law enforcement academies in the country,” added Col. Chris Gillard, director of the Mississippi Highway Patrol. “This academy has produced several National LawFit and National Pistol Champions. It is an honor and privilege to be selected to host such a prestigious event.”
To learn more about the NRA Law Enforcement Division visitle.nra.orgor call 703-267-1640.For more information about the Mississippi Highway Patrol/Mississippi Department of Public Safety, visitwww.dps.state.ms.us.