Firearms Training Requirements
Firearm Familiarization Training: Prior to issuance of the firearm, the officer must view a familiarization video provided by the manufacturer, Glock.
Basic Firearms Academy: All officers carrying firearms must attend the initial firearms training course offered by the County Probation and Parole Officers' Firearm Education and Training Commission (See 61 Pa.C.S. § 332.1 through 61 Pa.C.S. § 332.9). The training course shall consist of a period of classroom instruction and range qualification.
Requalification: All officers who receive certification by the Commission, must requalify annually and during the time period established by the Commission. The department shall make arrangements with neighboring counties, who have a certified Commission firearms' instructor, to conduct requalification training.
Mandatory In-Service Training: In order to maintain state certification, any in-service training mandated by the established County Probation and Parole Officers' Firearm Education and Training Commission, shall be attended by all weapon-carrying officers.
Failure to Qualify at the Initial Training: If an officer fails to qualify, he/she shall be given a second opportunity to participate in the next available training course. Any officer requesting a third opportunity must receive authorization from the Chief Adult Probation/Parole Officer.
Failure to Requalify: If an officer fails to requalify, he/she shall be given a second opportunity to participate in the next available training course. Any officer requesting a third opportunity must receive authorization from the Chief Adult Probation/Parole Officer. Failure to requalify will result in the temporary suspension of authorization to carry a firearm. When an officer fails to requalify, then he/she must attend the initial firearms academy.
Failure to Qualify By New Employee: An officer hired after the adoption of this policy statement and fails to qualify/requalify as set forth in this policy statement, will be offered additional training. Failure to qualify thereafter will result in a departmental inquiry as to the reasons an officer failed to qualify. A recommendation will be made to the court concerning the employment status of the officer.
Independent Firearms Practice: Officers authorized to carry a firearm may practice with their issued firearm on the employee's own time. The practice must occur only at a firing range, public or private. The department will only issue 200 rounds of practice ammunition to an officer attending the initial firearms training academy and requalification. The officer must purchase all other practice ammunition.
Training Ammunition: The department shall issue the appropriate number of rounds required for initial qualification and requalification. Approved training ammunition is new, factory-loaded, 124 grain, 9 mm rounds. The department will only issue ammunition to the officer for two attempts at qualification. Any other authorized attempts to qualify will require the officer to purchase the ammunition approved by the department.
Familiarization Training: All adult probation/parole officers will be required to complete a firearms familiarization course, when available.
Authorized Firearm: The department shall issue a Glock Model 26 (9 mm) pistol to each officer authorized to carry a firearm
. Personal firearms are prohibited. Only the firearm issued by the department to the officer can be carried and used in the performance of official duties, including all trainings at the firearms academy and other commission-sponsored trainings.
Authorized Duty Ammunition: The department shall issue thirty (30) rounds of duty ammunition, which is new, factory-loaded, 124-grain hydra-shok, jacketed hollow point. Any other ammunition is prohibited.
Holsters: The department shall issue a DeSantis Thumb Break Scabbard for each officer authorized to carry a firearm. The holster shall be worn on the officer's duty belt, on the officer's strong side. Cross-draw positioning of a firearm is prohibited. All other holsters including shoulder holsters and weapons are prohibited.
Magazines and Extensions: Each weapon-carrying officer will be issued two additional ten round magazines fitted with grip extensions.
Double Magazine Pouches: Each weapon-carrying officer will be issued a nylon double magazine pouch.
Modifications to Equipment: All equipment issued by the department is standard and under no circumstances will any modifications be permitted. Officers altering or modifying their equipment will be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension of authorization to carry a firearm.
Cleaning and Maintenance of Firearms
Cleaning of Firearms: Weapon-carrying officers are responsible for the cleaning and lubrication of their issued firearm after each use, whenever the handgun has been subjected to moisture or dirt or every three months. Cleaning kits will be available in the department and the officer must keep a record of when the handgun was cleaned. Since the department has no designated areas for cleaning, officers will be expected to clean their firearm at their desk or at home. Failure to maintain proper maintenance and cleaning of the firearm may result in the temporary suspension of authorization to carry.
Safety Considerations: Before cleaning your firearm, make absolutely sure that it is unloaded. All ammunition should be stored away from the cleaning area, with the gun's action open during the cleaning process.
Damaged Firearms: See Page 14 of this policy statement.
Inspection: The department shall forward all firearms to a certified Glock armorer for inspection every six months.
Mechanical Problems: Firearms with mechanical problems that cannot be corrected by routine cleaning shall be taken out of service and sent to a qualified armorer for repair.
Maintenance of Magazine and Ammunition
Ammunition: Ammunition should be removed from the magazine and rotated daily. This will ensure that striation will not occur on the tip of the bullet located at the open end of the magazine. Failure to rotate ammunition may result in the destruction of the integrity of the bullet and possibly cause damage or injury when discharged.
Magazine: Ammunition should not be stored in a magazine for any prolonged period of time. Prolonged storage of ammunition in a magazine could destroy the spring mechanism. Therefore, at the end of every shift, the officer shall empty the magazine and store the ammunition in accordance with agency policy (See page 10 of this policy statement).