BASIC TRAINING IS NOT SUFFICIENT.
Police and Law Enforcement
- The average police academy spends 2 weeks during training focusing on firearms skills.
- After graduation, most police officers qualify 1-2 times per year.
- Nationally, the average hit ratio for police officer-involved shootings is 17 percent (roughly 1 hit per 6 shots fired).
- In 1992, according to the NYPD, shootings at distances 7-15 yards had a hit ratio of 4.2 percent.
- Interviews with career criminals revealed that they train almost 2 times a month with their handguns.
Career criminals have an advantage because they train more.
HOW DO YOU STACK UP?
Compare your firearms or CCW training to that of law enforcement, military, and career criminals. Based on the previous information, we can conclude two things:
Your initial CCW training wasn't extensive enough.
You're not doing enough sustainment training.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Since average military and police training is not sufficient and firearms skills are perishable, we recommend the following:
Seek professional training.
Find competent instructors with the ability to teach the skills necessary to win a gunfight.
Document your training.
Upon completion of training, reputable instructors will award certificates. Their course outlines should also be available to you.
Conduct sustainment training.
Taking several courses throughout the year will exceed most law enforcement agencies' sustaining training requirements.