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APD revamps pistol training

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ATLANTA, Ga. -

The city of Atlanta is making another change to how police officers train with their weapons.

Commanders took away the open pistol range day which allowed any officer to come practice.

The training director Maj. Darryl Tolleson says unsatisfactory exam scores showed the open range days were not working.

In place of that, the department has instructed officers to sign up for an intensive full-day of assessment.

Tolleson says the new strategy is already producing results.

Last year, for example, 32 officers failed the qualifying exams and were put on desk duty. There was an 11 percent failure rate.

So far this year, the non-passing rate is just 3.5 percent.

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