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Police to host firearms instructor school

September 10, 2012
The Leader Herald


The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The city Police Department will host a firearms instructor school this fall at the city's firing range off Maple Avenue.

Police Chief Mark Gifford reported to the Common Council recently the instruction will not only benefit his police force, but other regional police agencies that can become certified. He said his department has money budgeted to put on the 80-hour school in late September or early October.

"We have the resources to do it," Gifford stated.

Gifford said Friday his department will be lead agency in the firearms instruction, but the Gloversville Police Department will assist.

"We've hosted schools before, but the firearms instructor school might be a first," the city police chief said.

Gifford said his city's normal instructor, Sgt. Bryce Royal, is eligible for retirement. He said he wants to be prepared to fill that slot with one or two instructors who can become certified.

Panel review

Elsewhere in his report to the council, Gifford said he, Lt. David Gilbo and Royal will appear before a state Department of Criminal Justice Services accreditation panel Thursday to learn if the police department will be reaccredited for five more years.

Gifford said the department received high marks following a survey done this summer.

"It looks favorable because we received a favorable exit review," the chief said.

The state's police accreditation program began in 1989. The program improves the Police Department while possibly lowering city insurance rates for the department.

In other reports to the council:

City Treasurer Michael Gifford said the city estimates a $30,000 local share for trail work this year and possibly $54,000 by next year.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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