How Do Law Enforcement Officers Train?

Jan 15, 2020 8:00:00 AM / by Mike DonDiego

When searching for the best and brightest law enforcement personnel, they have a series of tactical training courses they must successfully pass to quality for the force. These types of courses are rigorous and challenging in an effort to properly prepare them for the environments they may encounter.

Police Officer Training Courses

Law enforcement officers go through tactical training courses that test their skills, adaptability, critical thinking and ability to defend themselves and others. These include scenarios in shoot houses, a mobile tactical training wall, modular tactical breaching door exercises and mobile fighting positions. These help prepare for active shooter situations. Some agencies send their recruits to the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University. This improves integration between law enforcement, fire, telecommunicator and emergency medical services (EMS) in an active attack or shooter instance. Law enforcement officers must know how to successfully navigate with other agencies to be successful.

Police Officer Firearms Training Standards

Tactical firearm training is a big deal, but studies have shown that most police departments only train about two times per year. With so many instances of active shooters and violent crimes on the rise, that is not enough to be prepared. Firearms training must be relevant, realistic and on a consistent basis, but that is not the case. It is recommended for law enforcement officers to train at a minimum of four times per year with their duty, off-duty and back-up pistols. If they use patrol rifles or shotguns, they should train on those as well.

Standards should include a deadly force policy; drills that simulate malfunctions; emergency tactical reloading with both hands; clearing stoppages with both hands; using the safety and de-cocking of the levers with both hands; shooting while moving to cover; one-handed firing; low-light and decision-making; giving verbal challenges; firing and clearing malfunctions from officer down positions and engaging multiple targets.

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Topics: Special Forces Training

Mike DonDiego

Written by Mike DonDiego