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Peru- Since 1946 the Indiana State Police has held a firearms match in which state police officers try to outscore each other in a handgun target shooting competition. This year’s contest was held at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, IN. The competition consisted of 16 four-person teams from each of the Indiana State Police Posts, the Indiana State Police General Headquarters, and officers from the Indiana State Police Capitol Police Section.

The four-member team which represented the Indiana State Police Peru Post bested all teams in the competition with an overall team score of 1,855. The troopers who represented the Indiana State Police Peru Post were as follows:

  • Master Trooper Don White, a 22 year veteran of the Indiana State Police
  • Senior Trooper Ezariah Bricknell, a 14 year veteran of the Indiana State Police
  • Senior Trooper Mike Meiser, a 13 year veteran of the Indiana State Police
  • Trooper Steven Glass, a five year veteran of the Indiana State Police

The competition consists of three courses of fire utilizing a bulls-eye target at 25 yards. The shooters stand and shoot their issued 45 caliber Sig Sauer semiautomatic handguns one-handed, unsupported. The first course of fire is the “slow fire” course of 10 rounds in five minutes. The second course of fire is the “timed fire” course consisting of two strings of five rounds in 20 seconds. The final course of fire is the “rapid fire” course which consists of two strings of five rounds in 10 seconds, each for a total of 30 rounds. All competitors shoot the course twice.

The Indiana State Police Peru Post had two troopers place in the top 20 of the competition. Master Trooper Donnie White placed eighth overall in the match. He had an individual score of 479. Trooper Glass placed eleventh with a score of 473.

During annual firearms training, instructors at each Indiana State Police Posts, record the scores of target shooting (conventional style) for each officer. The top scores determine which officers will represent a particular post. As it is not mandatory, only those that wish to compete will make up a team.