So, how do you make this happen? Here are some suggestions. Begin by finding out if there is a local IDPA club in your area. The web link to the national IDPA website is below. That will lead you to local clubs. If not, ask around at your local gun shops and shooting clubs. Then make a commitment to go to a match and give it a try. Better yet, get a department team together and go. Show the department colors, as it were. Maybe you can get the department to kick in the ammo or the ride to get there. Bring back the scores or copy the match results for your files. Take some pictures at the match, write up an article and submit it to the sports section of your local newspaper. Even the papers that are usually neurotic about guns realize that the cops have to carry and use them. They might just welcome an article about how well you do that. Your department can benefit from the positive publicity and maybe even get some community backing to help with the expenses. If nothing else, you'll be getting lots of great practice, meeting some really good people (for a change) and probably make friends for yourselves and your agency. It is an outstanding opportunity in many respects, but most importantly, it will make you better at skills you might need on the street. I can't think of a better way to spend a few training hours every month. I look forward to see you there!