From the Perry City News:
Somewhere on a Perry Mountainside
Saturday 11-07-08 5:45PM
Perry Police and Box Elder County law enforcement responded
to a call of suspicious activity Saturday evening on the bench
above Perry and Willard.Perhaps a group of terrorist were training
in the area? Perry Police arrived at the base of Perry canyon
and set up a road block just as darkness fell.
Officers manning the road block must have become concerned
when half dozen trucks and SUVs crawled down the mountain
in the dark toward them. At some point more back up must
have been called. Fortunately for all concerned, a single
individual on a quad was 5 minutes ahead of the convoy of
When officers stopped this armed individual the officers learned
that the group was conducting an advanced concealed weapons
class and was hosted by a local licensed concealed firearms
permit (CFP) instructor. The name of the group was the
“Utah Polite Society”. This must have been great relief to
By the time the convoy reached the road block the officers were
all smiles, friendly and very cordial. As the back up officers
arrived the first officers were more involved in bringing up the
newly arriving law enforcement than worrying about 20 heavily
armed men in the trucks.
A female Box Elder Sheriff Officer took over as spokes person
for the law enforcement group and explained the call that had
come into dispatch. She apologized for the inconvenience and
explained that the group had done nothing wrong. She recorded
the CFP instructors name and released the group.
She recommended that if the group was to do this again, that
someone call into Sheriff’s dispatch to let them know what
going on and avoid suspicion. Some of the officers commented
that the group lived up to the name “Utah Polite Society”.
All officers conducted themselves in a professional,
courteous and proper manner.
The CFP instructor feels this was a very positive encounter for
all parties involved and a great wrap up for the day. The instructor
feels that to avoid being mistaken as a terrorist cell this activity
should be done at a range.
This is another example why it is necessary for the Box Elder County
Commissioners to take some steps to establish a practice firing range
for its citizens.