Training to defend

Photography By Randy Montoya

Thursday, May 09, 2019

security police officers practice target shooting
security police officers practice target shooting

Sandia’s Security Police Officers go through intense weapons training annually to protect members of the workforce from any possible threat, and that training recently took place at Sandia.

security police officer puts on gas mask

The officers follow up the multi-day training program by going through weapons qualification six months later.

instructor demonstrates targeting weapon

“It is critical that each officer has the skills and confidence to react instantly to any threat Sandians face,” said Captain Pablo Montoya, a 34-year veteran of the force. “Our training is rigorous and so is the qualification. That is strengthened with active shooter drills and classroom training.”

security police officers practice target shooting

This is the 69th year of operation for Sandia’s protective force.

security police officers pose in gas masks next to targets