In the upcoming May 2014 issue of TACTICAL WEAPONS, author Andre’ M. Dall’au rides along with the Bryant, Arkansas, Police Department to learn more about its officers, gear, training and missions. Dall’au writes, “Although a small agency in a bedroom community of Little Rock, Arkansas, the Bryant Police Department (BPD) is dedicated to making sure that the residents, visitors and commuters on interstate I-30, which bisects Bryant into north and south, are well protected from not only random criminal acts but organized acts of terror and violence. The BPD has 42 sworn officers, with six school resource officers, three of whom are also members of the ERT.
“The well-trained Bryant ERT is on call for situations that need a higher-level law enforcement response, such as an active shooter, an armed criminal standoff or entry into a potential illegal drug-manufacturing facility. The Bryant ERT is an all-volunteer, 15-person organization including two sworn medics, a full-time firefighter and a flight medic for the local hospital who responds with the team. All of the team members receive the same training to ensure that they can all work together regardless of the situation. To achieve that consistent proficiency, the BPD trains not only in-house but outsources some specialty classes with select off-site organizations, including the Benton Police Department and the Direct Action Resource Center (DARC). The DARC is a comprehensive tactical training group that specializes in instruction on using gas and dynamic breaching as well as mission preparation, planning and execution, including live-fire and reality-based scenarios with kinetic feedback.
“The Bryant ERT also includes two countersnipers who are equipped with Remington Model 700 bolt-action rifles in .308 Winchester topped with excellent Leupold Mark 4 telescopic sights. BPD patrol officers have ex-Army M16A1 rifles, while the ERT uses 11.5-inch-barreled DPMS RFA3-11 carbines in 5.56mm NATO. The department-issued sidearm is the Glock 21 in .45 ACP.”
To learn more, check out the May 2014 issue of TACTICAL WEAPONS, available on newsstands and digitally March 11, 2014. To subscribe, go to https://www.tactical-life.com/subscribe/tactical-weapons
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