Clayton County Police Department Firing Range was moved to southern
Clayton County in the city of Lovejoy, Georgia in 1996 and is currently
being used by the Clayton County Police Department, Clayton County
Sheriff's Department, Clayton County Regional Law Enforcement Academy,
Clayton County District Attorney's Office and the Clayton County
Correctional Institute. The Firing Range is located adjacent to
the Clayton County Police Department Emergency Vehicle Operation
Firearms training is a critical part of a law enforcement officers
career and safety on the firing range is of utmost concern. Range
Master Michael Ward keeps officers firearms skills sharp by developing
new and innovative courses for officers to complete during semi-annual
qualifications. Officers who wish to further develop their firearms
skills are given numerous opportunities throughout the year to practice
on the range during Range Training dates.
The Firearms Training Unit also provides training on the Police
Department's Firearms Training System (F.A.T.S.). The Firearms Training
System is a computer simulated course which places the officer in
a real time simulation where observation skills, voice commands
and reaction times are essential to the outcome of the scenario.
Instructors operating the system create 'real world' computer scenarios
involving potential hostage situations and armed gunmen among other
things to test the officer's thinking abilities and reaction time.