Aiming at a paper target is much different than what you’ll see in real-life scenario as a police officer. The stress, the danger, and the split-second decisions you’ll face call for preparation beyond basic training. To be effective as a law enforcement officer, you must have effective training.
Law enforcement officers are held accountable for every action taken, and if a weapon is fired, each move will be retrospectively analyzed to ensure lethal force was necessary. As a police officer, your training has to equip you to know when to pull your weapon, even more critical, when to pull the trigger. Live fire drills, magazine changes, and point shooting accuracy should be included in your continued training regimen. Police officers who want to better their response to realistic situations should consider advanced pistol training or tactical pistol training.
Advanced law enforcement training is also needed for K9 officers and their handers. To ensure criminal interdiction doesn’t become routine, advanced K9 training covers smuggling methods, vehicle checkpoints and traffic stops, roadside interviews, and more. To help your K9 officer improve their skills, especially in violent crime situations, tactical K9 training may be needed.
Beyond knowing how to properly handle your weapon and the appropriate times to use it, specialty training like, criminal patrol techniques and concealment methods, react to ambush, narcotics investigation, and criminal conspiracy will help you strengthen your skills in areas police officer weapons training cannot.
As more law enforcement agencies increase their use of the AK-47, special courses are being developed on how to properly load, handle, and store the weapon.
Going through specialized police officer training as an individual officer will help strengthen your skills and allow you to perform as a stronger asset to your force. But police work is a team effort. Each unit has a constant need for backup, teamwork, and confidence in one another that can be developed through police team training.
Law enforcement officers face the threat of an ambush more today than ever before, especially while sitting in the patrol car. Police team training can offer tactics to respond to an ambush style attack and take the advantage away from the suspect. Optimum Defense Services can provide training to units of any size, creating a custom team training course that targets the needs of your force and protects the most important asset – the officers.
The ability to respond quickly to rapidly changing situations is crucial to an officer’s success in the field, and specialized training from instructors with military and law enforcement backgrounds will help strengthen you individual officers and develop your unit as a whole.