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USA -(Ammoland.com)- The NRA Law Enforcement Division is proud to announce the 2016 NRA Law Enforcement Firearm Instructor of the Year is Sergeant Ward Smith of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department. Sgt. Smith is a 29-year veteran with the KCPD, which consists of approximately 1350 sworn members and 550 civilian employees.
Sgt. Smith was first certified as an NRA Firearms Instructor in 1984 while serving with the Excelsior Springs Police Department, prior to joining the KCPD. At the KCPD, Sgt. Smith has been assigned to the Professional Development and Research Bureau/Firearms Training and Tactics Section since 2006. Prior assignments include basic training supervisor, SWAT supervisor, Special Operations Division-Operations sergeant, and patrol supervisor.
He currently serves as the Missouri Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) firearms subject matter expert, subject matter expert to the Missouri Attorney General’s office, board member of the National Law Enforcement Training Center, co-chairman of the officer-involved shooting review panel for KCPD, notable events review panel member for KCPD, and an officer involved shooting investigative team member for the KC Metro area.