Area police force takes prize at state shooting competitionStark County residents, consider yourselves warned: local law enforcement’s aim is dead on.
Stark County residents, consider yourselves warned: local law enforcement’s aim is dead on.
Area officers’ scores are impressive, according to Results of a North Dakota Peace Officer’s Convention, which more than 50 officers from across the state attended.
The convention was in Fargo recently.
“This region, Dickinson and Stark County, has always been contenders in this convention shooting competition,” Dickinson Police Department Capt. Joe Cianni said.
There is also a bit of a rivalry between the police and sheriff’s departments, he added.
The DPP brought home the traveling trophy for scoring highest overall in the four-man pistol shoot. In addition, they took first place in the expert class for the four man pistol shoot.
Cianni, Sgt. Dan Brown, Detective Kylan Klauzer and Officer Jeremy Moser took home several awards.
Detective Terry Oestreich of the Stark County Sheriff’s Department placed first in the Governer’s 20 competition.
The Governor’s 20 is the best of officers’ three best scores, Oestreich said. The scores can be entered year-round, he said.
“You can shoot throughout the year, but you have to shoot at more then one range, unless it’s the range where the convention is held,” he added.
Along with Oestreich, Deputies Todd Weiler, Justin Fridrich and Kenny Prentice attended the convention and placed in a number of events.
“Dickinson Police Department and the Stark County Sheriff’s Office really placed well in all the events they participated in,” Oestreich said. “You don’t just get that proficient overnight.”
Sheriff’s Capt. Lawrence Kitzman and Deputy Jason Rambousek also submitted scores for the Governer’s 20, though they weren’t at the conference.
“I think what’s really impressive is that six officers from the Stark County Sheriff’s Office are on that Governor’s 20 list,” Oestreich said. “There’s only 20 in the state of North Dakota that make that list, so I think that speaks very well for our department.”
Brown was number three on the Governor’s 20 list.
Oestreich wishes his team would have scored higher in team events, but added some shooters are newer.
“I have the utmost respect for the Dickinson Police Department, but it’s really fun if we can beat them,” Oestreich said.