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Title Administration / Policy B-7
Effective Date 02-20-09
Rescinds 09-01-04
Subject Firearms and Qualification Standards
Purpose To implement qualification standards and establish policy for range use.
Scope This directive applies to commissioned officers.
Reference System Policy D-1
CALEA Chapter 1
  1. System Police Firearms Qualification Program:
    1. Upon graduation from the University of Texas System Police Academy and during the orientation program, officers authorized to carry lethal and less-lethal weapons will be issued copies of and instructed on policy A-12 (Use of Force). Once annually, during a firearms qualification period, officers will receive documented in-service training on policy A-12. Documentation on written directive training conducted at the range should be forwarded to the training division.
    2. Twice each year, all commissioned personnel will be required to fire a qualifying score with the weapon they are authorized to carry.
    3. A report of the results of firearms training will be submitted to the Director of Police.
      Qualification PeriodReport Due Date
      January - June July 15
      July - December January 15
    4. Results will be reported on the System Firearms Qualification sheet.
    5. A firearms record reflecting scores and dates of the qualification will be maintained by the training section. Only employees demonstrating proficiency in the use of department authorized weapons will be approved to carry such weapons.
  2. Plainclothes Duty:
    1. When assigned to plain-clothes duty, officers may use their issued firearm or departmental approved personal firearm. Qualification with any personally owned weapon in addition to the yearly requirement will be fired by arrangement with the range officer, using the officer’s personal ammunition.
  3. Firearms Ranges:
    1. DPS Range
      1. The DPS range will be the first range utilized for qualifications so that officers can qualify with pistols, rifles, and shotguns. The range will be reserved by the Range Master utilizing the DPS Range Request form.
      2. The range will be open for firing by department members only as scheduled by the Range Master. The Range Master will designate firearms instructors for each firing date. The range will only be operated by an authorized firearms instructor.
      3. Firearms training will be conducted on the same day as qualifications. Training will include a mix of new concepts, active shooter scenarios, and target recognition exercises.
      4. Range safety rules will be observed at all times.
      5. The Range Master will post a sign-up sheet prior to each firing session. Supervisors will assign officer’s range times.
    2. UT System Police Academy Pistol Range
      1. If the DPS range is not available, the System Police Academy range will be used for pistol and shotgun qualifications.
      2. The range will be open for firing by department members only as scheduled by the Range Master. The Range Master will designate firearms instructors for each firing date. The range will be opened and operated only by an authorized firearms instructor.
      3. At the discretion of the shift commanders, as approved by the division commander, attendance at practice sessions may be mandatory for officers who have demonstrated challenges in attaining satisfactory scores in the semi-annual qualification firing. Attendance at practice sessions is encouraged for officers desiring to compete in UT System competition firing.
      4. Range safety rules will be observed at all times.
      5. The Range Master will consult with the System Assistant Director of Police for training prior to each scheduled use.
      6. The Range Master will post a sign-up sheet prior to each firing session. Supervisors will assign officers’ range times.
  4. Records:
    1. A complete record of all firearms approved by this department will be maintained by the Range Master. The “Personally Owned Firearm Authorization Form” includes the type, description, identifying model, serial number, and identity of the owner or assignee. This form also includes the name of the approving official, the date of approval, the course fired, and scores.