A vendor squeezes off a few rounds on the opening day of the International Association of Law Enforcement Fire Arms Instructors annual training session. This year more than 400 lawmen are coming to Mobile for gun training.
"Whether its new techniques involving weapons, loading weapons, tactical issues many things police officers will encounter doing their duties that is firearms related," says MPD Public Information Official Ashley Rains. While firearms are the focus the mobile police department also broke out its most high profile gear. Believe it or not the Mobile Police Department has its own drone. This flying camera can't fire missiles but can fire out images from the air to police commanders on the ground. Vendors got the chance to show off new hardware from guns, to targets to body armor.
"The fire arms instructors are the first ones who get to see the products out at the range and they see them to take the best products back to their department and to get them to go home safely at night," says Brandon Graves with Point Blank Body Armor. In an age when some police departments struggle for funding training, this event is welcomed for lawmen--and somewhat profitable too. At $250 to $500 dollars per trainer admission, and room rentals, the city as a whole makes money on this event.