Jack Algiers Shooting Range
| History of the Range
Jack V. Algiers retired from the New London Police Department in March of 1987. Jack had a long and distinguished career in law enforcement working for the NLPD as well as a short stint for the Waupaca County Sheriff's Department.The police shooting range in the rear of Hatten Park was named for Chief Algiers at his retirement.
For many years, Jack led a group of competitive shooters from the NLPD in pistol matches around the state. Several NLPD officers were very active in the WLEOA (WI Law Enforcement Officers Association) Pistol League and won many 1st place titles. Many of the matches were held at the Jack Algiers Range from 1960's through the 1980's and were well attended by officers from around the state.
There were often "bragging rights" awarded to the winning team and fierce competition between rival officers and departments. Many of the matches were followed by cook-outs and interaction between participants.
|Jack Algiers (right) checking the stats||Officer James Edminster|
|Waupaca Police Chief Fred Rasmussen is shown presenting the New London Police Department Pistol Team with the first place trophy as Chief Jack Algiers watches. The members of the team are (from left to right) Richard Fritz, Jim Edminster, Bob Webb and Ray Oberstadt. The New London team beat the Waupaca team by almost 500 points. PRESS PHOTO|
|The Range Today
The Jack Algiers Shooting Range today is still currently used by the New London Police Department for firearms training and is sometimes still accessed by a few other agencies around the area. Consequently, the range is closed to all public use in regards to scheduling and liability.