Annual Prescribed Weapon Qualification Program and Taser Recertification
S11-03-01
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.establishes the annual:
    • 1.Prescribed Weapon Qualification Program.
    • 2.TASER Recertification Program.
  • B.provides for intensified training for members who do not pass the qualification course of fire.
  • C.continues the use of the Training Deficiency Notification (CPD-63.345).
  • D.outlines the investigative procedures of a Complaint Register (CR) investigation and the Bureau of Internal Affairs (BIA) investigation of a member who, after intensified training, still fails to meet the minimum Departmental requirements.
  • E.informs members of the record-keeping process for attending or missing the Prescribed Weapon Qualification Program session.
II.Policy
Chicago Police Department mandates that all sworn Department members must qualify with their prescribed duty weapons prior to the end of the fourth police period of the current year.
NOTE:
Makeup periods are not offered.
III.General Requirements
  • A.All sworn members hired on or before 01 October of the previous year are required to participate in the Annual Prescribed Weapon Qualification Program.
  • B.It is the responsibility of every Department member to ensure that their unit of assignment schedules them to attend one of the Prescribed Weapon Qualification Program periods.
    NOTE:
    If a member’s unit does not appear in one of the scheduling matrices provided by the Education and Training Division, the member will schedule an appointment with a designated annual qualification range nearest the member's unit of assignment or detail.
  • C.Temporary deferments from this program will be available to members:
    • 1.on the medical roll, suspension, or leave of absence.
    • 2.attending a Department-authorized training or education program.
    • 3.in receipt of a Notification of Duty Restrictions (CPD-44.301) directing them not to carry a firearm.
    • 4.who are pregnant during their unit’s qualification session and have submitted documentation of their medical condition to the Medical Services Section.
  • D.A Department member who is no longer eligible for a temporary deferment because of a change in duty status or release from the medical roll will contact the appropriate range to schedule attendance in the Annual Prescribed Weapon Qualification Program and will be required to comply with its minimum requirements.
  • E.Members will provide proof of a valid FOID card during the annual prescribed weapon qualification.
  • F.TASER certified members must participate in the recertification program.
  • G.Members who are nursing mothers will follow the guidelines outlined in the Department directive entitled “Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act.”
  • H.Failure of a Department member to comply with the program requirements established in this directive will result in summary punishment.
  • I.At the conclusion of each year's annual firearms qualification period, the Deputy Chief, Education and Training Division, will:
    • 1.notify the Chief, Bureau of Internal Affairs, that the year's annual firearms qualification period has ended, including the date on which the qualification period ended, and
    • 2.forward to the Chief, Bureau of Internal Affairs, the list of Department members who did not complete the Annual Prescribed Weapon Qualification Program.
IV.Scheduling for Firearms Qualifications Program
  • A.Each firearm qualification period will normally be one hour, Monday through Friday, on all watches.
  • B.Prescribed weapon qualification will be held simultaneously at the ranges designated by the Education and Training Division.
  • C.District / unit commanding officers will ensure that all sworn members assigned or detailed to their commands are scheduled in accordance with the scheduling matrices provided by the Education and Training Division.
  • D.When feasible, two police officers assigned to a single vehicle will be scheduled to attend together.
  • E.All members will be scheduled during one of the phases at the ranges.
V.Program Requirements
  • A.The Prescribed Weapon Qualification Program will consist of a timed course of fire from various distances and positions and will require a minimum score of 70 percent or greater.
  • B.Members will qualify using their prescribed firearm as referenced in the Department directive entitled “Department Approved Weapons and Ammunition.”
    NOTE:
    Officers will not be allowed to transition to a different weapon during the Annual Prescribed Weapon Qualification Program. The prescribed weapon on record for a Department member must be used for the Annual Prescribed Weapon Qualification Program.
  • C.Firearms will be carried in Department-authorized holsters. In addition, members are required to bring with them the authorized amount of extra prescribed ammunition. Ammunition will be carried in an authorized ammunition pouch, speed-loader with holder, or magazine with holder.
  • D.Members will wear soft-body armor while participating in this program.
  • E.Members who fail to qualify on their first attempt during any period of this program will be required to immediately repeat the prescribed weapon qualification course.
VI.Intensified Training Session and Training Deficiency Notification
  • A.When a member fails to qualify on the second attempt during any period of the program, range personnel will immediately schedule the member to attend an intensified training session.
  • B.Department members who fail to qualify will not be assigned to field duties until they have completed the intensified training session and successfully qualified on the timed firing course of fire.
    • 1.Intensified training sessions will be conducted on the member’s next scheduled tour of duty at a range location as designated by range personnel and will include classroom and range instruction for up to a full tour of duty.
    • 2.Range personnel will complete a Training Deficiency Notification (CPD-63.345) and notify the member and the member’s district / unit commanding officer of the date and time to report for the intensified training session and the fact that the member will not be assigned to field duties.
  • C.Failure to attend a scheduled intensified training session will result in an investigation by the unit commanding officer to determine why the session was not attended.
  • D.If the member fails to attend a scheduled intensified training session without authorization the unit commanding officer will:
    • 1.obtain a CR Number.
    • 2.notify the Chief, Bureau of Internal Affairs, and request that the affected member be relieved immediately of police powers.
  • E.If the member fails to meet the minimum Departmental requirements after intensified training, the Deputy Chief, Education and Training Division, or an authorized designee, will:
    • 1.provide the member with written notification of the scores which do not meet minimum Departmental requirements.
    • 2.obtain a CR Number, citing a violation of Rule 11 (Incompetency or inefficiency in the performance of duty).
    • 3.notify the Chief, Bureau of Internal Affairs, and request that the affected member be relieved immediately of police powers.
VII.Members Failing to Meet the Requirements of the Annual Prescribed Weapon Qualification Program
  • A.The Chief, Bureau of Internal Affairs, will:
    • 1.receive from the Deputy Chief, Education and Training Division, a list of Department members who did not complete the Annual Prescribed Weapon Qualification Program.
    • 2.forward to each unit commander a list with the names of the members under their command who did not complete the Annual Prescribed Weapon Qualification Program.
  • B.Unit commanding officers will, within 30 days from the conclusion of the annual firearms qualification period for the year, return to the Chief, Bureau of Internal Affairs, the list of Department members who did not complete the Annual Prescribed Weapon Qualification Program with:
    • 1.the SPAR number and date the member listed came into compliance, or
    • 2.the temporary deferment from program participation the member qualifies for and, if possible, the date when the member is expected to come into compliance.
VIII.Members Failing to Meet the Minimum Departmental Requirements After Intensified Training
  • A.The Chief, Bureau of Internal Affairs, will assign investigators to:
    • 1.promptly respond to the appropriate location.
    • 2.relieve the affected member of police powers following the procedures outlined in the Department directive entitled "Complaint and Disciplinary Procedures."
    • 3.ensure that a request is made through the Office of the First Deputy Superintendent to reassign the affected member.
  • B.During the course of the CR investigation, the affected member will be allowed:
    • 1.additional firearms training at a specified Department facility during the hours a range is open and available.
    • 2.additional qualification attempts. If the member qualifies during any of these attempts, the appropriate notifications will be made to restore the member’s police powers.
IX.Scheduling for Taser Recertification Training
  • A.Members of the Education and Training Division will be assigned to locations identified for the Taser Recertification Program.
  • B.All Department members who have previously qualified with the Taser are required to recertify annually with the Taser.
  • C.Previously Taser-certified Department members will:
    • 1.use supplies provided by the Education and Training Division for Taser recertification.
    • 2.ensure that their unit of assignment schedules them to attend a recertification training session on a date identified for that unit.
      NOTE:
      If a Department member’s unit does not appear in the scheduled matrices, the member will schedule an appointment with the designated range to be recertified for the Taser.
X.Records
  • A.The Deputy Chief, Education and Training Division, will ensure that appropriate training records and reports are updated for those members attending the qualification program.
  • B.It will be the member’s responsibility to resolve any discrepancies regarding attendance to the Prescribed Weapon Qualification Program or TASER Recertification Program by contacting the Education and Training Division, Firearms Training Unit.
(Items indicated by italics/double underline were revised or added.)
Authenticated by: JKH
Garry F. McCarthy
Superintendent of Police
12-151 JAB