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Police firearm training kicks off with a BANG

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RICHLAND, Wash., -- Police officers from all over the Northwest are brushing up on their tactical and firearms skills this week in Richland.

The Rattle Snake Mountain Range Facility is hosting the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Association Training conference.

Today, officers learned gun safety, tactical movements, and how to properly use both new and older model firearms.

It's all in an effort to keep up with changing technology.

"Tactics change, equipment changes over the years, you cannot believe the differences in equipments, holsters belts, vests have gotten lighter and stronger," says Deputy Steve Sutliff of the Yakima County Sheriff's Office.  "All that stuff ties in to what we're doing here."

The organization has worked with training instructors for more than 20 years.

The conference continues tomorrow with another round of classes and instruction.