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Midland P.D's Special Gun Instructor

Midland Police Department announces some big news, and it's breaking all stereotypes. They will soon promote a woman as a female firearms instructor.
MIDLAND, TX (Local Big 2 News) -- The Midland Police Department announces some big news, and it's breaking all stereotypes. They will soon promote a woman as a female firearms instructor.

"We're going to fire two rounds, speed reload, fire two rounds," said Midland Police Department Sergeant Rosemary Sharp.

"I feel like this is a challenge where I have to stay on my toes," said Sharp.

Sergeant Rosemary Sharp will soon hold a new title with the Midland Police Department. One that makes her one of the first female gun instructors in the department.

"I have to say it's pretty exciting," said Sharp.

But Sharp tells me she faces some sharp criticism as a woman.

"One of my biggest challenges is just being in a male-dominant environment," said Sharp.

She feels watched a little more closely on the range.

"At first I was a little nervous coming out here, just because the guys are going to be looking at every shot you do just because you're a female," said Sharp.

Sharp's Range Master Kent Spencer told me she likes training and she'll be a great asset to the team.

"She shoots very very well, she handles her gun very well, she's a good role model for other officers," said Spencer.

And he also says there's a bit of an intimidation factor.

"If you get a female officer out here and they shoot better than you it's, some officers have a tendency to, maybe make a bad face," said Spencer.

But it's all in good fun, Sharp says she's learned a lot from the guys, and now she passes that knowledge on to the other men she will teach.

"I can teach them something that maybe a male officer can teach them, but I can explain it just a little better to where they understand better," said Sharp.
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