Officers learn safe handling, proficient employment, and justifiable use of firearms.  Practical Defense Systems training programs are designed to enhance firearms proficiency in high stress environments.

Courses are conducted in four phases.

  • Phase I – Firearms safety, handling, retention and marksmanship.
  • Phase II – theories and techniques of survival shooting.
  • Phase III – survival shooting qualifications.
  • Phase IV – realistic scenarios.

Since a police officer’s primary firearm is a handgun, 60% of this curriculum is firearms training with the officer’s sidearm.  This training is designed to develop shooting skills from the ground up, building upon each level of skill progressively, until the officer is proficient at all levels.  Courses develop the officer’s skill in two handed, strong hand and non-firing hand shooting.  As they progress through the training, officers develop improved judgment and enhanced reaction times.