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Bullet casings were ejected and smoke puffed out the end of a Universal Machine Pistol as Sara Carlson shot at the Alexandria Technical and Community College firing range. Contributed photo by Alexandria Police Department.

Police Academy Part 3: Firing range and ride-along

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Editor's note: This is the third of a three-part series on the Alexandria Citizens Police Academy as seen through the eyes of one of its participants - reporter Crystal Dey.


Twelve brave souls trudged through the February 28 blizzard for a shot at the ATCC firing range.

As part of our Citizens Police Academy training, we popped into virtual reality and then snapped back into reality.

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Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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