Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S11-03-04
In-Service 3.5 Hour Firearms Training Program
Issue Date:29 February 2012Effective Date:29 February 2012
Rescinds:Version dated 08 January 2009; S09-02
Index Category:Training
This directive continues the In-Service 3.5 Hour Firearms Training Program. The program consists of a 3.5 hour instructional course for all sworn members and is intended to improve overall marksmanship and tactical weapon handling skills. The program is separate and distinct from the Prescribed Weapon Qualification Program.
II.Attendance Requirements
  • A.All members are required to participate in this training program.
    Department members who have attended a prior year’s training program are again required to participate in the In-Service 3.5 Hour Firearms Training Program.
  • B.Training will be conducted in phases until all members have completed the program.
  • A.Each training session, will be 3.5 hours Monday through Thursday on all watches, excluding designated Department holidays.
    Area ranges can only accommodate eight shooters per class and it is recommended that units send partners to the session together.
  • B.Training will be held at designated Area Ranges.
  • C.Training dates and times for units are not assigned, so Department members will schedule training sessions using the eLearning application and obtain the approval of the designated unit supervisor.
    Any changes in location will be announced in a facsimile message via the Administrative Message Center (AMC).
  • D.District / unit commanding officers will ensure that all members assigned or detailed to their commands are scheduled and attend the 3.5 Hour Firearms Training Program.
    Department members will attend the training program once a year.
  • E.Class times for the In-Service 3.5 Hour Firearms Training Program will be scheduled as follows:
    • 1.Session 1 will start at 0530 hours for 1st or 2nd Watch Personnel Only.
    • 2.Session 2 will start at 0930 hours for 2nd Watch Personnel Only.
    • 3.Session 3 will start at 1330 hours for 2nd or 3rd Watch Personnel Only.
    • 4.Session 4 will start at 1730 hours for 3rd Watch Personnel Only.
    It is recommended that units send tactical and gang team members to Session 3.
  • F.All members will be scheduled by their unit consistent with the schedule developed by the Firearms Training Unit, Education and Training Division.
IV.Program Requirements
  • A.Members will:
    • 1.arrive promptly at the designated Area Range and report to the range instructor fifteen minutes prior to their scheduled shooting time.
      Members who arrive late will not be allowed to participate and will be required to schedule a new session.
    • 2.bring one of the following authorized duty weapons:
      • a.a prescribed four-inch revolver.
      • b.a prescribed 9mm, .40 cal, or .45 cal semiautomatic pistol.
      • alternate prescribed 9mm, .40 cal, or .45 cal semiautomatic pistol.
    • 3.carry weapons in Department-authorized strong-side holsters
      Cross-draw, ankle, shoulder, or in-the-pants type holsters will not be allowed.
    • 4.bring a Department approved flashlight.
  • B.Revolver shooters will bring at least six additional rounds of Department-authorized ammunition held in an approved speed-loader or dump-pouch (two speed-loaders or dump-pouches filled to capacity are preferred).
  • C.Semiautomatic shooters will bring at least one additional magazine loaded to capacity with Department-authorized ammunition and held in an approved magazine-pouch (two spare magazines held in approved magazine-pouches are preferred).
  • D.Members will wear soft-body armor during the range portion of this training.
  • E.It is the individual member’s responsibility to resolve any attendance discrepancies by contacting the Firearms Training Unit, Education and Training Division.
The Deputy Chief, Education and Training Division, will ensure that appropriate training records are completed for members attending the training program. Weekly progress reports will be sent to units that are deficient in sending the required number of members to the program.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline were revised or added.)
Authenticated by: JKH
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
08-213 / 12-003 SM[LBM]/RJN