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Course Description: This two-day course is designed to provide students with select skills and techniques necessary to defend and overcome a subject's assaultive behavior during a firearms encounter.  Students will participate in pistol and shotgun related drills intended to replicate various components of an appropriate response associated with a critical event. 

Note:  Due to the physical nature of this training, students must evaluate and consider their own fitness level prior to enrolling in this class.

Instructional Hours:  2 Days / 16 Hours
Instructional Objectives:  Upon completion of this course, the student will possess the knowledge and skill required to conduct a thorough building search while maintaining officer safety. 
After completion, the student will be able to:
  •  Identify elements of a successful search.
  •  Demonstrate proper approach and response.
  •  Demonstrate proper clearing of stairwells.
  •  Identify special problem areas.
  •  Execute the use of mirrors and shield to clear corners.
  •  Explain and perform dynamic entries.

The following topics/techniques will be addressed throughout the course:

  •  Jam clearing drills.
  •  Traverse drills.
  •  Proper utilization of cover.
  •  Off-hand operation.
  •  Partial/Hostage target engagements.
  •  Shooting from varied platforms.
  •  Appropriate incorporation of directed fire.
  •  Downed officer exercises.

Equipment Needed:

  • Department-issued handgun and shotgun.
  • Body armor.
  • Baseball-style cap.
  • Ear protection.
  • Raingear.
  • Safety goggles or shooting glasses.
  • 10 training (dummy) rounds for Department handgun.
  • 3 pistol magazines or 3 speed loaders (revolver).
  • 300 rounds of handgun ammunition.*
  • 5 rounds of 12 gauge, 2 ¾” or 3” chambered rifled slug.*
  • 25 rounds of 12 gauge, 2 ¾” or 3” chambered “00” buckshot.*
  • Complete set of leather gear including handcuffs and key.
  • Durable shirt and cargo pants (BDU) or uniform pants.
  • Shoes or boots.
  • Sneakers.

* MP ONLY. Ammunition for PSP will be provided at training site.

Audience:  PSP Enlisted and MP

Prerequisite(s): None

Registration: Please register for the classes below using form SP 8-130All applications must be received 30 days prior to the course start date.

Locations: For a list of all training centers and directions, please visit the Training Center Page.



SWTC10/9/2018 9:00 AM10/10/2018 3:00 PMSWTC Commander 724-832-5250No
Maximum of 16 students.

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