The gift will help the NRA sustain its impressive record of training law enforcement officers domestically and abroad. Since its inception in 1960, LEAD has trained more than 50,000 U.S. law enforcement instructors.
Blackhawk manufactures, distributes, and sells gear for law enforcement, military, and corporate security personnel. Blackhawk President and CEO Mike Noell said the $100,000 pledge reflects the Norfolk, Va.-based company’s support of the NRA, and its commitment to law enforcement professionals throughout the United States.
“We have long valued our relationship with the NRA and have a great deal of respect for its initiatives, insight, and traditions,” Noell said. “It is a very natural fit for Blackhawk to increase its support through the NRA’s Law Enforcement Activities Division, and all of us at Blackhawk feel good about being able to make a difference.”
LEAD Director Glen Hoyer credited Blackhawk’s ongoing support of the law enforcement profession with helping the NRA reach more officers every year and train them to become expert instructors. Hoyer, a 25-year law enforcement veteran and retired sheriff’s captain, said Blackhawk’s $100,000 endowment to the NRA will enable LEAD to expand its successful training programs.
“It is an honor for us to be associated with a company like Blackhawk,” Hoyer said. “Blackhawk is an icon in the industry, not only for their products, but for their support of the military and law enforcement officers-and now the NRA’s Law Enforcement Activities Division.”
In 2007, LEAD trained 2,061 law enforcement instructors in the tactical use of handguns, shotguns, patrol rifles, select-fire, and long-range rifles. Last year marked the sixth consecutive annual increase in the number of participants in LEAD’s instructor training and certification programs.