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Fall 2021

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CRJ121 - Police Firearms

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Presents the use and nomenclature for service weapons police officers are authorized to carry in the performance of their duties. Emphasizes standard safety precautions and use of force regulations, loading and unloading, position, sight alignment, proper grip, trigger control and effective range of the respective weapons before firing. Includes firing range practice and qualification. Participants must successfully complete the minimum qualifying course of fire as adopted by the New York State Municipal Police Training Council (MPTC). Prerequisite: This course is available only to persons enrolled in the Basic Course for Police Officers in the Genesee Community College Rural Police Training Institute. Course instructors must be certified by the New York State Municipal Police Training Council pursuant to 9 NYCPP Part 6024.

Lecture: 2 hrs.

Lab: 2 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. List and define the four (4) Basic Rules of Firearms Safety.
2. Demonstrate the method of holding a handgun with the trigger finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard (TFOTG).
3. Demonstrate the method of handing handguns to other persons.
4. Describe the reason hearing protection must be used during firearms training.
5. Describe the reason wrap around eye protection must be use during firearms training.
6. List and describe two (2) methods by which lead poisoning can occur in the human body.
7. Describe the lead safety precautions shooters should observe.
8. Describe one method of home storage of the duty handgun.
9. List and describe the visible parts of the duty handgun carried by trainee (either a semi-automatic pistol or a double action revolver).
10. Demonstrate administrative loading and unloading the duty handgun carried by trainee (either a semiautomatic pistol or a double action revolver).
11. Demonstrate combat reloading the duty handgun without looking at the handgun.
12. List and describe the four (4) components of a metallic cartridge.
13. List the five (5) fundamentals of marksmanship.
14. Demonstrate one standing shooting position.
15. Demonstrate one kneeling shooting position.
16. Demonstrate one prone shooting position.
17. Demonstrate and define the difference between supported and unsupported barricade shooting positions.
18. Demonstrate one method of correction of semiautomatic pistol stoppages (only if the trainee is carrying that type of handgun).
19. Demonstrate one method of correction of semiautomatic pistol stoppages with one hand disabled (only if the trainee is carrying that type of handgun).
20. Demonstrate shooting a target with one hand using the dominate hand.
21. Demonstrate shooting a target with one hand using the support hand.
22. Demonstrate shooting multiple targets.
23. Demonstrate shooting a target during low-light and nighttime conditions (It is suggested this demonstration be conducted during the hours of darkness, however a darkened indoor range or low light simulation goggles may be substituted).
24. Demonstrate the ability to make shoot or no shoot decisions (This objective may be met through a variety of methods: a target overlaid on another, different color targets, photographic targets, numbered targets, or computer generated shooting systems are example of ways to compel the trainee to make a shooting decision.).
25. Using a standing position seven yards from an 8 1/2" by 11" target, demonstrate the steps of drawing a handgun from a snapped holster, without looking at theholster, with one hand, and striking the target with one round within 2.5 seconds.
26. Demonstrate returning a drawn handgun to a holster and snapping the holster, with one hand, without looking at the holster.
27. Demonstrate one method of handgun retention
28. Define the term "cover" when used in officer survival.
29. Define the term "concealment" when used in officer survival.
30. Demonstrate cleaning and inspecting a duty handgun.
31. Describe the effects of cleaning materials on cartridge primers.
32. Describe in writing the rules and regulations regarding the use of force (Article 35 - N.Y.S.P.L.) including the use of verbal commands, when appropriate, to order and/or warn person(s) that deadly physical force may be used against them.
33. Recognize those factors to be considered appropriate to draw a weapon.
34. Recognize circumstances to be considered when discharging a firearm at a person.
35. Demonstrate proper procedures for approaching and controlling a potential assailant in close quarters (3 - 10 feet).


Effective Term: Spring 2020