Friday, August 15, 2014

A Thousand Rounds a Month

"A good Cop shoots about 1,000 rounds a month to keep sharp."

A friend of mine sent me this quote from someone who was writing about police training.  I have to disagree with that statement.  There are about 800,000 police in the United States.  The vast majority of them will never shoot at anyone.  To spend that much time and money training for a rare event is a foolish waste of resources.  

They would have to spend about 24 hours to productively shoot 1,000 rounds in police training.  That's an average of six hours a week.  Half the officers killed in the line of duty are typically killed in car crashes.  Does he recommend spending 24 hours a month on drivers training?  How many officers do you know who can't fill out a Field Interview card much less write a decent narrative?  How many criminals go free because we don't testify well or don't do a good investigation?

There is so much more to training than just use of force.  Tactics, less lethal and so on so you don't have to shoot.  There are many aspects to shooting that don't even involve firing the gun.  Presentation of the handgun, re-holstering, scanning for suspects, verbal commands and so on.  All things in moderation, that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

Until 8 hours (20%) of every normal work week is spent training/practicing then preparedness is just a slogan and something we will never fully attain.

Like everything else in "cop world" it's all about budget and the bosses will never pay for enough training.

Mike Creek said...

Professional football players train an hour per day at least. But football is more important than police work apparently.