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Student welders save SWAT team money on shooting targets

TWIN FALLS, Idaho – A southern Idaho sheriff’s office has saved thousands of dollars by recruiting students to build shooting targets for its SWAT team.

Cassia County Sheriff’s SWAT Team Director Jarrod Thompson says budget cuts have left the office tight on money leading it to ask Cassia Regional Technical Center students to build shooting targets for the team.

The Times-News reports it took students Shelby Hurd and Brittany Hardy a year to make six steel targets.

Thompson said on Thursday they turned out better than others they could have bought.

The targets are made from AR500 steel, which Thompson says is more durable and improves safety but is very expensive.

One target typically costs about $500.

The students were able buy enough steel to make six targets for the same price.


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