Following complaints, APD moves sniper training to Volvo plant, firing range

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After complaints about a sniper training exercise held Monday, May 16, in Pack Square Park, the Asheville Police Department will move remaining training to the APD firing range or the “secluded and empty” former Volvo plant.

“The Asheville Police Department is currently sponsoring a Sniper school for regional SWAT operators throughout WNC. For the remainder of this week training involving this class will be conducted at either the APD Firearms range or the secluded and empty Volvo Plant located on Hendersonville [Road],” the announcement from the APD reads.

Interim APD Chief Wade Wood, responding to questions from Xpress about the incident, writes that “while this training is very beneficial for the officers, the planning should have been much better to include the communication to the public above and beyond the signage.”

Members of the public complained about the exercise, expressing surprise at police snipers, SWAT vehicles and explosion noises (as part of the snipers’ sight and sound training) in a heavily populated downtown area, and saying they had little warning.

— David Forbes, senior news reporter

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12 thoughts on “Following complaints, APD moves sniper training to Volvo plant, firing range

  1. Barry Summers

    Oh look. Hanging comma up there after “signage.”

    Jon – I know you’re working on your book, but can’t you edit for XPress in your free time? There seems to be a need…

  2. Big Al

    Darn. I’m sorry I missed this. Maybe their next downtown excercise will be crowd control. That would be a riot.

  3. Barry Summers

    I’ve offered. And I’m quite available these days.

    Yeah, I’ve heard that.

    Boo-yah!!! You can’t lob in the easy ones like that…

  4. Bjorn

    There’s no substitute for real life situations, however in the interest of not alarming the public, maybe some notice or section could’ve been corded off?

    However, I believe there’s an opportunity that’s being missed by not inviting the public to these training exercises. Invite the community to come out to a meet & greet, let them observe the training, build community relationships by investing them in the operations. I believe it’d give the community a greater appreciation & understanding of those dedicated Men & Women charged with day to day civil safety.

    The opportunity to put the shine back on the APD (free of charge)shouldn’t be missed.

  5. LOKEL

    I don’t think all the brasso in the world would “put a shine” back onto the APD or the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department.

  6. Barry Summers

    Maybe their next downtown excercise will be crowd control. That would be a riot.

    I dunno. The Republicans in Raleigh are working on a bill that would make it legal for civilians to rush into a riot or other “declared or un-declared state of emergency” with weapons drawn, and the police will be specifically barred from disarming them.

  7. bill smith

    [i]The Republicans in Raleigh are working on a bill that would make it legal for civilians to rush into a riot or other “declared or un-declared state of emergency” with weapons drawn, and the police will be specifically barred from disarming them.[/i]

    source?

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