Florida’s state-mandated firearms qualification for police officers is pretty easy – ridiculously easy in fact.

Officers need only qualify once every two years, although most departments shoot much more often.

There are six stages. The furthest distance is 15 yard


50,480 active law enforcement certifications in Florida.

The qualification went into effect July 1 2006.


The number of officers who didn’t qualify in 2008 – 397


The number of officers who didn’t qualify in 2010 – 195


The number of officers who didn’t qualify in 2012 – 136

.2 percent did not qualify last year.


Some didn’t qualify because they retired or left law enforcement and others because they didn’t pass the standard.  We don’t have why they didn’t qualify, only that they didn’t.




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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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