Sarasota Police firearms training deficient


Here’s a story I just wrote for the paper that examines firearms training at the Sarasota Police Department.

In a nutshell, it’s bad.

The officers have received only about an hour or so of firearms training each year for the past several years, and that was only for handgun qualification. Any trainer knows that qualifications are not training. They are not designed to improve shooting skills, merely demonstrate competency.

There will likely be more stories coming on the training situation at the police department, including one that mentions Popow v. City of Margate.





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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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