Free training benefits local law enforcement

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BRANSON MO NEWS: Law enforcement officers often face life or death situations. And a local non-profit corporation is working to make sure those officers are prepared.My Brother’s 6, created by Shield Solutions LLC, is assisting with law enforcement training and supplies at no cost to those agencies.The program was created and instructors were provided because of the violence against officers nationwide, said Greg Martin, president and CEO of Shield Solutions and My Brother’s 6.

“A better trained officer mentally and physically is better prepared to serve the public,” said Martin. “If our officers aren’t given stress combat courses and reality-based training, they will not know how to react in the event of a life or death situation.”Martin also serves as one of the program’s instructors. Other instructors include Matt Roberts, Fred Long, Jason Long, Rob Pilkington, Oregon County Sheriff Eric King, Alan Daffron and Tyler Martin.During the past year, the group has given officers training in trauma aid and handgun techniques, close quarter countermeasures from blunt and edged weapon attacks and survival mentality. Patrol Vehicle Ambush Countermeasures, a new class, will be offered soon.Several area law enforcement agencies have taken advantage of the free My Brother’s 6 offers. Sheriff’s departments from Howell, Oregon, Shannon, Ozark, Douglas, Wright and Benton counties have trained recently with My Brother’s 6. Several police departments including West Plains, Alton, Thayer, Mtn. Grove, Cabool, Ava, Hartville, Mtn. View and Warsaw, have also received training.The training is funded through the sale of T-shirts on the company’s website and private funding. Martin said Wendy’s of West Plains donates 10 percent of the restaurant’s proceeds on the first Friday of each month.Martin said all donations are appreciated as additional training and the purchase of equipment is needed.Shield Solutions and …


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