Police officers are required to maintain active certifications. They do so by attending mandatory in-service training along with elective courses held at various academies and agencies. Mandatory in-service training is required at two-year intervals in many states. As usual, this varies from area to area.
Some of the courses offered as part of officer in-service re-certification are:
Pistol Training For Female Law Enforcement
This course addresses firearm and tactical issues from the female officer point of view. The course is designed to enhance the female officer’s survival skills, combat gun-handling skills, and tactical applications. Officers receive training in:
•Defensive pistol methodology and concepts
•Review of shooting fundamentals
•Tactical Combat Fighting StanceTM
•Ammunition management and reloading techniques.
•Malfunction clearance drills
•Engaging multiple threats
•Shooting on the move
•Body armor defeating drills.
•Weapon retention development
Counter-Terrorism Intelligence for Law Enforcement
The course addresses the best practices from the law enforcement and intelligence communities. Develops advanced intelligence skills. Covers intelligence skills, intelligence laws, and analysis of terrorist operations.
Fighting With Weapons and Counter Measures
An extremely intensive and physically demanding course designed to teach officers to counter close order threats and ambushes.
•Intense physical conditioning
•1 hand striking techniques
•Basic ground fighting principles
•Suspect Ground Containment Drills
•Weapon Retention Drills for Handguns
•Weapon retention drills for long arms
•Weapon retention and manipulation drills on the ground
Advanced knife and stick fighting techniques are also addressed.
I was a police academy instructor/instructor trainer for defensive tactics. I also taught advanced officer survival, weapons retention and disarming, close quarters hand-to-hand combat, and knife and stick fighting. Believe me, the training is extremely demanding, intense, and painful. The timid need not apply.