Village peace officers to undergo firearms training

LAKE GEORGE The villages seasonal peace officers will undergo firearms training this spring, but dont expect them to be packing pistols anytime soon. Mayor Robert Blais has reached an agreement with the city of Glens Falls that will allow the villages peace officers to undergo firearms training at the citys gun range. Steve Huntington, a retired Glens Falls police officer and certified firearms instructor will lead the effort. State law requires anyone with the peace officer designation to undergo firearms training each year, Glens Falls Police Chief Joe Bethel explained. We have a range and were happy to allow the village to use it as long as they have certified instructors and the proper insurance. State law allows any certified peace officer to purchase a handgun without a permit, Bethel explained. They can walk into a gun store and make a purchase based on their designation as a peace officer, Bethel said. Consequently, the state requires them to have firearms training as a condition of keeping their certification. Blais provided the city with a certificate from the villages insurance carrier that will cover the training activity. The city is not charging the village for use of the range. Chief Bethel has been very helpful in cooperating with the village to get this training done, Blais said. Bethel said other departments have used the range for training. Its important that we cooperate with our law enforcement organizations whenever we can, Bethel said. Village of Lake George peace officers are charged with enforcing village ordinances and helping to preserve the quality of life and atmosphere that the Lake George community is known for.

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