Deputy Methvin attended the Back Country Tactics and Training class at the Regional Counterdrug Training Academy (RCTA) March 18-22, 2013. “The class enhanced my skills as a sniper in getting into position and acquiring the target without being detected while also receiving “old school” land navigation and map reading training,” said Methvin.
When people learn that Methvin is a sniper, they automatically assume he performed those duties with the United States military. However, that’s not the case. He served his country in the Louisiana Army National Guard as a combat engineer from1999 thru 2005. Methvin had numerous deployments overseas including a combat tour in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Methvin answered the call of duty to defend the people of Lafourche Parish in April of 2004. He became a sniper with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Tactical Team in 2006.
RCTA is a Counterdrug law enforcement training center that provides a unique partnership between the National Guard and federal, state and local civilian law enforcement agencies (LEAs). RCTA utilizes a blend of civilian subject matter experts and Counterdrug personnel to provide a highly sought curriculum at no cost to the LEAs.
While the no-cost training is important to his agency, Methvin said that the networking opportunities with officers from other agencies are invaluable. He once used a class roster from another RCTA course he attended to contact Texas law enforcement officers during a narcotics investigation.
Viewers can see Deputy Ron Methvin starring in Swamp People on the History Channel on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time.