Like every police agency in the State of California, the Clayton Police Department conducts regular firearms training as required by State Law.
Naturally, live fire training and tactics can only be conducted at a traditional range facility. Some agencies use high-tech simulators to conduct scenario based training outside of a traditional range facility. These simulators often cost thousands of dollars, which is something that smaller police agencies simply cannot afford.
Recently the Clayton Police Department was awarded a grant of $2,000 from the National Rifle Association Foundation for the purchase of airsoft weapons to further their training capability.
The following information is from the Clayton Police Dept.:
The airsoft weapons use compressed air to fire small plastic BBs that are biodegradable. With proper safety equipment and strict safety protocols, the equipment is safe to use in controlled environments. It can’t be stressed enough, these weapons are a critical part of our training regiment, they are not toys. Great care is being taken to assure our training is presented in the safest manner possible.
These airsoft weapons look, feel and operate much like the actual weapons issued to our officers. The equipment will allow our officers to participate in realistic force-on-force training scenarios against live role-players and aggressors. This type of training has been shown to better prepare police officers to respond and handle rapidly developing, dynamic situations.
Thanks to the generous grant of $2000 from the NRA Foundation, the Clayton Police Department will be better prepared to serve our community. This equipment will allow our staff to experience high risk scenarios within a training environment. This training will better prepare our staff to face potential dangers in the real world.