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By: Erin Smith

NCSHPTrainingThe members of North Carolina State Highway Patrol Troop B have been visiting the firing range at the Bladen County training facility to do some training and certification.

Instructor Gary Turlington said that there are eight Highway Patrol Troops across the state. He said that Troop B covers Harnett, Cumberland, Bladen, Columbus, Robeson, Brunswick, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Duplin and Sampson counties.

Instructor Atlas McVicker said the class has been taking place over about a four week period and that 247 Troopers have taken the mandated training. The training includes annual qualification and a combat course as well as proficiency. McVicker said each Trooper comes for one day.

“We chose this range because it is centrally located within the Troop and the working relationship we have with the Sheriff’s Office and Bladen Community College,” said McVicker.

By bringing the large number of Troopers to the area helps the local economy and encourages co-operation between the college and the Highway Patrol.