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Leland Police stand by training that led to harassment complaint

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The Leland Police Department stands behind a training exercise that led to a harassment complaint from a female officer. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently found in favor of Ofc. Sherry Lewis in her complaint against the police department.

Multiple sources tell us Sherry Lewis was shot in the private area multiple times with training simulation ammunition by fellow officers. Her attorney says she was injured by the shots.

Tuesday, Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne declined to comment on the incident and referred our questions to Town Manager Bill Farris. Wednesday Farris said Jayne conducted a training assessment. A short time after our conversation with Farris, Jayne released a statement about the traning on March 9 and 10.

“An internal review of the training incident was conducted and found no wrongdoing by any officer or supervisor who participated in this training,” Jayne said in the statement. “Force on force training is a state of the art training tool used by many agencies across the country. Simmunition or paint ball type ammunition is used to help identify when officers and suspects are struck by simulated gunfire.

“While this training does have some dangers, precautions were taken and appropriate attire, eye protection and helmets were worn by all participants, instructors alerted participants to the need for personal protective attire. While some minor injuries can sometime occur from force on force training, no injuries were reported to supervisors on the date of the training and all participants were polled about injuries at the conclusion of each training session.”

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