The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Sniper Team currently has four active snipers/observers and one trainer. The Team is currently made up of Lt. Chris Martin (Trainer), Detective Sgt. Doug Dupell (Sniper/Observer), Detective Cody Greene (Sniper/Observer), Deputy Adam Minor (Sniper/Observer) Deputy Derek Philyaw (Sniper/Observer). The Sniper Team became its own tactical unit in 2015 but still falls under the SWAT Team which also has an Operator Element for other types of tactics. The two teams train together from time to time. All snipers have to have completed a week long basic sniper school which is usually taught at by the North Carolina Justice Academy at Camp Butner. Continued training after the Basic School is mandatory which occurs monthly. The type of training ranges from Sniper Initiated Entries, adverse angle shooting, out-of-position shooting, long-range (1,000 yards), short range (25 yards), high angle shooting, shooting through obstructions, shooting from and around vehicles, field craft such as use of various camouflage, building hides, stalking and building floorplan information from exterior observation. Other training consists of an annual weeklong training session focused on Field Craft.
Pictured left to right standing: Detective Dupell, Deputy Minor, Deputy Philyaw, Detective Greene. Sitting: Lt. Martin