Mike Lane, an NRA Tactical Police Competition volunteer out of Lewisville, Texas, is attending Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor School in Horton, Kansas this week. Here's his Day Two report:
NRA Instructor Jerry Rollings tells Leavenworth PD's Tesh St. John what a coach should watch for while instructing students. (No live ammo was present during this demonstration.)
Horton, Kansas - Today turned out to be another great day of training. We mustered into the classroom at 08:00 hours and honkered down for the first half of the day. One of the first topics was Off-Duty Carry Considerations. Hoot, our instructor for this segment, generated lots of classroom participation as we discussed what comes into play when an armed, out of uniform Officer is out with a family member.
Can you quickly access their firearm beneath your clothing? Will you carry it in the same general area where your duty pistol is always located? These factors can affect the ability to deploy under stress. As for the family members, is there a plan in place with your family for what they should do if you're confronted by a suspect or have to take immediate action? Do you carry an extra magazine or a restraining device as aids until the local police arrive?
Officer Vanessa Ray of the Kansas City Missouri PD Firearms Training Unit holds her pistol in the "sul" position of the Safety Circle as NRA Instructor Jerry Rollings describes the importance of always bringing the gun up into the Officer's line of sight during reloads or malfunction clearances.
Lastly, during training and/or qualifications of our off-duty firearms, how many of us actually incorporate the officer using their credentials to positively identify themselves? With the potential risk of miss-identification by responding officers or even CHL carriers ... an important teaching point that I'll be taking back to Texas.
Next was Liability Considerations for trainers. Like it or not, as instructors are becoming de facto "supervisors" when it comes to vicarious liability. Without getting into the details, safe it's to say this was probably the most important block of instruction we've received. There are not too many things you can get into trouble for if you're not present at the time. But have one of your students from another shift get into a bad situation and see just how quickly your name gets roped into the entire mess. "But I wasn't even there, your Honor!!"
Students listen as Instructor Gary "Hoot" Gibson describes the importance of squaring up to a threat and not exposing vulnerable areas of the chest cavity not protected by soft body armor.
Other training segments covered topics such as Lesson Plan preparations, overall documentation, and NRA Instructor Program benefits. After that we were off to the range again! The instructors paired us into Coach/Student teams and we then spent the rest of the day reinforcing what we had practiced yesterday as well as learning more advanced techniques to add to our toolbox.
That's all for now — Looking forward to Day 3!