DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY
Delaware Council on Police Training
803 COPT Firearms Instructors Standards and Requirements
The Council on Police Training (COPT), pursuant to 11 Del.C. §8404(a)(14), proposes to create regulations. The proposed regulations, which were voted on in a regular meeting by the COPT on January 14, 2020, seek to establish standards and requirements for Firearms Instructors.
The COPT will allow for the submission of written comments, suggestions, or other materials regarding the proposed rules to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security Attn: Christopher Klein, Public Safety Building Suite 220, P.O. BOX 818, Dover, Delaware 19903-0818 or e-mail Christopherm.firstname.lastname@example.org. Any written submission in response to this notice and the relevant proposed regulations must be received by the Department of Safety and Homeland Security no later than 4:30 p.m. (EST) on March 02, 2020. A copy of this regulation may be viewed online at the Registrar of Regulation's website, http://regulations.delaware.gov/services/current_issue.shtml.
DECISION AND ORDER CONCERNING THE REGULATIONS
NOW THEREFORE, under the statutory authority and for the reasons sent forth above, the Council on Police Training does hereby ORDER that the regulations be, and that they hereby are, proposed to be enacted as set forth below.
Robert M. Coupe, Chairman COPT
803 COPT Firearms Instructors Standards and Requirements
To establish basic requirements for COPT firearms instructors that include standards for both sworn and civilian sponsored instructors.
As used in this chapter:
“Ammunition” means a projectile designed to be fired from a weapon such as a handgun or rifle.
“Armorer” means a person who has received specialized training related to conducting detailed inspections and repairs to specific weapons.
“Certification” means the official approval by the Council on Police Training for an officer to act in a specified capacity, due to the officer’s credentials or level of achievement.
“Chief of Police” means any colonel, chief of police or any officer who is the highest-ranking officer of a legislatively authorized police department within this State.
“Council on Police Training” or “COPT” means the regulatory body established by 29 Del.C. §8205 to consider matters relating to police training and such other matters as may be referred to it by the Governor or the Secretary of the Department.
“Firearms Instructor” means a law enforcement officer that has received specialized training related to firearms including knowledge of the types of firearms used in law enforcement; appropriate shooting and tactical techniques; instruction methods; and the ability to perform inspection of weapons and range equipment for safety issues. A firearms instructor is not required to be an armorer.
“Law Enforcement Agency” or “LEA” means any police force or organization functioning within this State or any other state which has by statute or ordinance the responsibility of detecting crime and enforcing the criminal or penal laws of this State or any other state.
“Law Enforcement Officer” means a sworn member of a police force or other law-enforcement agency of this State or of any county or municipality who is responsible for the prevention and the detection of crime and the enforcement of laws of this State or other governmental units within the State as defined in 11 Del.C. §8401(5)(a)(b), irrespective of the number of the hours worked.
“Master Firearms Instructor” means any certified firearms instructor approved by the COPT to be a certifying instructor for a firearms instructor course.
“Qualification” means a level of skill or ability that an officer must achieve to be allowed to maintain certification to carry departmentally assigned or approved weapons, as specified in 1 DE Admin. Code 801 Section 12.0 for all weapon systems responsible for training.
“Recertification” means the renewal of the original certification based on additional training, testing, or a combination of both.
“Sponsorship” means any former COPT certified law enforcement officer, as defined in this section, who retired or separated in good standing from a Delaware law enforcement agency and has been contracted by a Delaware law enforcement agency to provide firearms instruction to Delaware law enforcement officers.
3.1 No firearms instructor shall be utilized by any law enforcement agency for purposes of certifying firearms instructors unless the certifying instructor has been approved by the Council on Police Training.
3.2 All sworn law enforcement officers seeking Firearms Instructor Certification must submit proof of successful completion of the following requirements to the COPT Administrator prior to being brought before the COPT:
3.2.1 Proof of successful completion of a COPT Certified Instructor Course.
3.2.2 Minimum of three years’ experience as a sworn law enforcement officer.
3.2.3 Those who, by their special knowledge and preparation, are suited to instruct certain courses requiring such special knowledge and education may have the three-year minimum experience waived.
3.2.4 Proof of successful completion of an approved COPT Firearms Instructor Course, taught by a COPT Master Firearms Instructor, at a firearms instructor course previously approved by the COPT, or other firearms instructor courses if recommended for approval by the COPT Firearms Instructor Subcommittee and subsequently approved by Council.
3.2.5 A signed letter of endorsement from the Chief of Police of their respective law enforcement agency.
3.3 A firearms instructor is not required to be an armorer and being an armorer does not qualify you to be a firearms instructor.
4.1 No firearms instructor shall be utilized by any police department for purposes of certifying firearms instructors unless the certifying instructor has been approved by the Council on Police Training.
4.2 All non-sworn individuals seeking Sponsored Firearms Instructor Certification must submit proof of successful completion of the following requirements to the Chief of Police of the sponsoring LEA for submission to the COPT Administrator prior to being brought before the COPT:
4.2.1 Proof of Certification as a COPT firearms instructor.
4.2.2 Proof of being an active COPT certified instructor at the time of retirement or separation.
4.2.3 Proof of retirement or separation in good standing.
4.3 The Chief of Police sponsoring an individual must submit an endorsement letter of the individual to the COPT along with acknowledging compliance with these regulations as set forth.
5.1 Firearms instructor courses must provide the candidate the necessary education and training in the safe and proper use of firearms, knowledge and skills necessary to teach others to shoot, and additional skills and techniques needed to organize and instruct.
5.2 Firearms instructor courses must be a minimum of 40 hours of education and training to be considered eligible for approval by the COPT.
5.3 Firearms instructor courses must meet the following minimum curricula requirements to be considered by the COPT Firearms Instructor Subcommittee for approval:
5.3.1 Basic Marksmanship Instruction
5.3.2 Target Analysis
5.3.3 Instructional Techniques & Training Aids
5.3.4 Range Organization & Administration
5.3.5 Weapons Nomenclature & Function
5.3.6 Fundamentals of Close Quarters Combat
5.3.7 Introduction to Ammunition & Ballistics
5.3.8 Judgment & Decision-Making Training
5.3.9 Shooting Position, Movement, and Target Engagement
5.3.10 Range & Weapon Safety
5.3.11 Use-Of- Force & Legal Issues
5.3.12 Coaching skills development
6.1 An eight-hour firearms recertification course will be held annually and will include: legal updates, use of force, and review of Council on Police Training standards.
6.2 Instructors must attend a minimum of one recertification course every three years and complete sixteen hours of additional training in firearms usage or complete sixteen hours of academy level instruction, or a combination of training and instruction in the same three-year period.
6.3 All firearms instructors must also annually meet the standards established in 1 DE Admin. Code 801 Section 12.0 for all weapon systems responsible for training.
7.1 A COPT Certified Firearms Instructor seeking Master Firearms Instructor certification shall provide the following to the COPT Firearms Instructor Subcommittee:
7.1.1 Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume indicating all relevant work history, training, certifications, experience and education.
7.1.2 Proof of successful completion of a COPT approved Firearms Instructor Course and proof of successful completion of a COPT Master Instructor Course, or
7.1.3 Proof of successful completion of a COPT approved Firearms Instructor Course and:
18.104.22.168 Seven years or more as a COPT Certified Firearms Instructor or a minimum of 2000 hours of combined firearms instruction and training,
22.214.171.124 Proof of Firearms related administrative responsibilities such as lesson planning, record keeping, etc.,
126.96.36.199 A signed letter of endorsement from the Chief of Police of their respective law enforcement agency,
188.8.131.52 Proof of successful completion of an Advanced or “Master” Firearms Instructor course, at least 40 hours in length, from an approved vendor as agreed upon by the COPT Firearms Instructor Subcommittee.
7.2 The COPT Firearms Instructor Subcommittee will review each request and required documentation. After a full review, the COPT Firearms Instructor Subcommittee shall either endorse or not endorse the request at the next regularly scheduled COPT Board meeting.
7.3 The COPT will be responsible for voting on all certifications for Master Firearms Instructors.
8.1 Complete records should reflect all firearms training, qualification, and re-evaluation activities, as well as the performance and proficiency of the law enforcement officer during such activities.
8.2 Copies of all training course schedules, curricula, and lesson plans must be maintained along with the records of individual trainees.
The training site or facility should provide the environment necessary to conduct all aspects of the training and qualification as approved by the COPT, including appropriate simulation exercises.