A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) hosted 19 female law enforcement officers for the 7th Annual “Back the Women in Blue” presented by Glock, with ammunition sponsored by Federal Premium. The event took place October 25-27, 2023, at the Round Rock Public Safety Training Center. Participants were female commissioned officers, each nominated by someone in her community, from nine states, including 11 county agencies and nine municipalities or university departments.
“The A Girl & A Gun community is proud to offer this unique training experience for female law enforcement officers,” said AG & AG Executive Director Robyn Sandoval. “These women are servant leaders and role models in their communities. We are honored to give them the skills they need to stay safe.”
Lead instructor Sgt. Brian Quick of the Round Rock Police Department (RRPD), along with a cadre of instructors, provided three days of exceptional training and camaraderie:
- Day 1: Welcome from Chief Allen Banks of RRPD, presentation by Chief Eve Stephens of The University of Texas Police Department (UTPD) on women in policing, vehicle close quarter battle (VCQB), force-on-force, and rappeling from a 6-story tower
- Day 2: Live-fire pistol training and single-officer building clearing
- Day 3: Defensive tactics
“It was such an amazing experience. I learned new skills, as well as refreshed some old ones,” said Deputy Rebecca King of the Cleveland County (OK) Sheriff’s Office. “The instructors were highly qualified, knowledgeable officers. I would love to learn from them again in the future.”
Officer Danka Milesic of the Forest Preserves of Cook County (IL) Police Department said, “I am so grateful to have met many amazing women in law enforcement from different states. It was such a unique experience—a once in a lifetime!”
“What an awesome experience!” echoed Officer Jordi LeBouef of the Livingston (TX) Police Department. “AG & AG does some pretty awesome things, but putting this on for female police officers is amazing!”
“Thank you so much to Robyn Sandoval and AG & AG for supporting female LE,” said Deputy Laci Pierce from the Liberty County (TX) Sheriff’s Office. “This was an awesome class! I made so many new friends across the U.S. Go check out the organization if you’re a girl who has any interest in guns.”
AG & AG hosts "Back the Women in Blue" for female law enforcement officers each autumn, as well as many competitive matches and civilian training. For more information, visit AGirlandAGun.org/back-the-blue.