IPRA Overreaching Again
IPRA is not your friend and is looking for any way it can to hook you up and screw you over. We're going to summarize an e-mail we received to protect the source.
- On 06 December 2010, a accidental discharge occurred at the Area 3 Range during the 3.5 hour Firearms Training Course. An officer fired a round while bringing his gun up on target that struck the concrete floor, causing fragments to spray himself, the instructor and another officer. Minor lacerations and no small embarrassment resulted, and all the officers were taken to the hospital to make sure no fragments remained embedded. They will be fine.
Notifications were made to the upper echelons, an ET was ordered and the cumbersome paperwork was begun that always follows such an incident. Somehow, IPRA ended up in the loop and demanded a CR number be generated. The District Commander said "no" as it was a training exercise. IPRA went around his back and contacted the ADS of the Academy, who also said, "no." So IPRA did what they seem to do best and generated their own CR number (and possibly an additional U-number), thereby injecting themselves into a non-criminal incident that they have no authority or directive to investigate.
IPRA investigates police shootings and allegations of misconduct, not training accidents. IPRA is attempting to interpret their rules as "all shootings resulting in injury" will be investigated by them regardless of the circumstances of the shooting. This is not a good thing.
It certainly isn't, and anyone being approached by IPRA either in person or via To-From Witness statements should immediately contact the FOP and have legal representation available. We've published reports previously that IPRA is attempting to question officers out of the presence of representation by not identifying themselves as IPRA investigators or passing themselves off as detectives. Now it seems we have to watch our backs even for training accidents.
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