By DAPO staff

The Division of Adult Parole Operations Northern Region Training Unit recently held two Range Safety Officer (RSO) training sessions and successfully graduated 44 agents. The school is run by the Ceres Parole Unit.

The RSO is a person who possesses the knowledge, skills and attitude essential to organizing, conducting and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations. RSOs must be diligent and knowledgeable in the Firearm/Range Safety Rules which are paramount in any successful firearms training. RSOs must be able to use firearms correctly, handle and deal with any possible malfunctions, enforce safety rules, and ensure that a safe shooting environment is maintained during range operations. The training consisted of one-day of classroom instruction and one day of range practical application.

The RSO program was developed in response to the demand for a recognized range safety officer certification. To ensure continued growth of our RSO program, Northern Region selected 44 individuals to participate in the training. During the two-day course, students received instruction on the following topics: Introduction to Range Safety Officer Course, Roles of the Range Safety Officer and Range Standard Operation Procedures, Range Inspection and Range Rules, Range Safety Briefing, Emergency Procedures, and clearing malfunctions.

In addition to demonstrating proficiency in the above topics by passing a Range Safety Officer examination, students were required to participate in shooting activities and range operations.