The Manchester Township Police department got a much-needed replacement for its shooting range, thanks to some help from a Manahawkin Boy Scout going for his Eagle rank.
Robert Cort, 14, spent weeks gathering the materials and building the department a new shooting bench—pouring about 54 hours of his time and effort into the construction—which has been installed to replace one destroyed by years of weather and use.
It's a valuable addition, police said, given the amount of firearms training local officers have to undergo annually.
A dozen Manchester firearms training officers spend hundreds of hours working with members of the department, who have to run a battery of drills—in the fall training, police said, officers had to do everything from fire through the windshield of a car to hit targets while on the run—designed to mimic real-world situations.
When it comes to regular qualifying, Manchester goes beyond the state's requirements—instead of having officers pass by getting the state-standard 48 out of 60 hits in a scoring area on the range, Manchester requires its officers to get 55 out of 60.
Besides hosting training for the local department, Manchester's range also runs training and simulations for various agencies in the area throughout the year.