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Old 9 July 2018, 14:50
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Originally Posted by grog18b View Post

There are some issues here, though. For example, our local academy budgets approximately 1100-1200 rounds of handgun ammunition to get someone familiarized and qualified to state day and night standards across two weeks of training. Following that, they do a judgment scenario with a role player and marking cartridges. They are told that they are receiving the best quality firearms instruction available in the law enforcement world, and a lot of them don't know better and believe it.

My agency takes new hires and puts them through a week of decent firearms work, plus a ton of scenario training. Very little of that is focused on small targets or what I consider acceptable hit zones, however. So the new hire from the academy has enough training to be proficient to a degree, but their consideration of proficiency is anywhere in the torso on a B-21 target (state qual standards). Continuing agency training consists of annual qualification (which is NOT training), as well as a handful of drills at a least common denominator level 2-3x a year, with 2-3 runs through each drill and move on to something else. Folks don't know what they're supposed to be learning or why. We offer proficiency ammunition each month, but less than 20% of the agency draws ammo on a given month. And when folks do, they all too often burn it standing flat footed at the 7 yard line shooting a large silhouette target and feel they've accomplished something.

What is my further point of frustration, is that firearm instructors aren't taught how to teach, and aren't taught how to conduct practice/training for skill development. The state firearms instructor course focuses on successfully running an academy class range to state standards. So the guy who is a general instructor and firearms instructor thinks running some "up" drills at torso targets while static means he's conducting solid training.

Most instructors don't know how to tailor training to meet individual needs for improvement. Most shooters don't know how to properly structure training for skill development and to identify deficiencies. Most cops think they are well trained.

In each of these situations, the key problem is people don't know what they don't know. This is where instructor development and cross-pollinating with other agencies and programs, as well as outside instruction is so important. The moment we think "we have all the answers" internally, we have failed institutionally and individually.

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