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December 16, 2010

ULM Police Officer earns first-place award in competition

University of Louisiana at Monroe Police Officer Chris Harpin earned a first-place award in a recent Tactical Police Competition event.

The match was held on Saturday, Dec. 11, in Shreveport, and represents the third such event in which Harpin has competed. Harpin earned a first-place award in State Patrol competition and placed sixth overall in Patrol Division competition. The event was hosted by the NRA Law Enforcement Division, in which only law enforcement officers may compete.

Harpin said the match is called a "three-gun" competition since officers literally shoot from three types of firearms – handguns, rifles, and shotguns. The format is a combat-style match.

"This means that competitors will have to clear rooms and move around obstacles," he said. "There are also obstacles to shoot through or around. There are paper, steel, and moving targets. Each stage is timed and the competitor is also scored for accuracy. Deficiencies in accuracy result in time being added to the raw time. So, the faster and more accurate you are, the better your score."

ULM Chief of Police Larry Ellerman said the award is indicative of the quality of officers at ULM who keep the campus secure.

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