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Officer Firearms Requirements

NOTE TO OFFICERS: Title 37 §203.52 (b) (1) (i) states that “a weapon may not be carried on duty for which the officer has not qualified.”

Firearms Standards               (Firearms FAQ Page)

Each year MPOETC establishes and publishes minimum standards for annual firearms qualifications.  Beginning in 2020, MPOETC will require all certified officers to qualify on a standardized course of fire for the primary duty weapon (handgun).  Departments wishing to use a different primary duty weapon course of fire may submit that request, and a copy of the proposed course, to RA-SPMPO_FIREARMS@pa.gov for approval.  Departments who have not received approval for an alternate course are required to qualify using the course listed below.  

2020 Qualification Requirements and Handgun Course (Mandatory)

 

MPOETC encourages firearms instructors to use the other standardized courses of fire available below when qualifying officers on weapons other than their primary duty weapon (handgun). 

Adverse Light Qualification Course of Fire (Optional)
Shotgun Qualification Course of Fire (Optional)
Patrol Rifle Qualification Course of Fire (Optional)

Municipal Police Instructors (Firearms)

Municipal Police Instructors (MPI-Firearms) are certified by MPOETC in two-year increments (renewable) and authorized to conduct firearms training at certified municipal police academies. Individuals wishing to be MPI-Firearms certified by MPOETC must be employed by a certified police academy and the certified police academy must submit the request for certification.

Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors

Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors are certified indefinitely by MPOETC to conduct annual qualifications for law enforcement officers who were previously trained and qualified on a particular weapon system.  Individuals who have successfully completed formal training as a law enforcement/police firearms instructor and wish to be certified by MPOETC as a Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor should submit an application with supporting documents as stated on the application form.

Application for Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor
Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor List