WESTERN MASS. RECERT @ PITTSFIELD PD - ADDITIONAL INFO
The 2 day recert being offered May 13 & 14 in Pittsfield will offer Less Lethal as well as Pistol/Patrol Rifle/Shotgun. Less Lethal (12 ga. and 40mm) will be offered on 5/13. Conventional firearms recert will be on 5/14. You can sign up for both days or either one. Please be sure to indicate on your Training Application which day(s) you want.
2013 ONLINE TRAINING UPDATE - THE LATEST INFO
The Distance Learning component of the Firearms Instructor recertification in now live and can be used. All instructors attending a recert starting 4/17 (Ft. Devens) are required to complete this program unless the recert is specifically labelled as "no online requirement". For information on how to log on, please click on the Distance Learning Information Page link (above) for the procedure and FAQ's. Instructors who are not registered on the MPTC / EOPSS Database should plan on taking the May 13th recert in Pittsfield or the June 12th recert in Barre.
CLASS CANCELLATIONS - IMPORTANT NOTICE
Due to budget constraints within the Commonwealth, the following classes have been cancelled -
Basic Instructor Recertification: April 11 @ N. Dartmouth, April 22, May 8 and June 13 @ Fort Devens
Level II Advanced Instructor: April 30 @ Fort Devens
If you were scheduled for any of the these classes you should be receiving an email from the Firearms Training Coordinator regarding this with information on how to reschedule.
An additional one day Level 1 recert class has been added in Barre (Barre Sportsman's Club) on June 12th.
10 DAY INSTRUCTOR CLASSES ARE FULL
Both 10 Day Basic Firearms Instructor classes scheduled for 2013 are FULL. If you applied and have not received a confirmation, you are waitlisted to the next scheduled class. There are no additional classes scheduled for TY2013 however if funds become available later in the year, that could change.
2013 ONLINE TRAINING
Starting this year every instructor who recertifies will need to complete the 'online' Distance Learning component of the training. This module takes the place of the classroom session we used to do before going out on to the range and is good for four hours of training credit. Instructors will need to log on at the MPTC e-Learning website and complete the Distance Learning module PRIOR to going to the range. This module is currently under construction and more details will be published here as they become available. Please check back frequently for updates. The scheduled implementation date is currently 1 April.
100% ROUND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR VETERAN OFFICERS (IN SERVICE RE-QUALIFICATION)
Effective 1 January 2012 officers requalifying at the department level will need to meet the 100% Round Accountability requirement. All the officer's rounds must hit the target paper to be "accounted for". Rounds observed to strike off the paper will require a reshoot of that stage. Instructors are urged to use common sense when scoring a large ragged hole where the number of individual hits cannot be readily determined. Scoring aids can be found in the Range Manual and on the Distance Learning module.
2013 TRAINING SCHEDULE HAS BEEN POSTED
The 2013 Training Schedule is now available by clicking the MPTC Forms & Training Schedule link above. It will be updated as new and additional programs are firmed up. PLEASE NOTE THE ONLINE COMPONENT FOR INSTRUCTOR RECERTIFICATIONS WHICH IS MANDATORY PRIOR TO GOING TO THE RANGE. ALSO, THE RECERTS WILL BE DIVIDED INTO MORNING AND AFTERNOON BLOCKS.
ADVANCED INSTRUCTOR (LEVEL II) RECERTIFICATION
Level II instructors requiring recertification can do so by attending a Level I basic instructor recertification class.
MPTC LESS LETHAL QUALIFICATION COURSE UPDATED
The 12 gauge and 40mm less lethal qualification course has been revised based on input from the field. The qual course round count was reduced to 8. Passing score for operators is 6 out of the 8 rounds hitting the specified ITA (Intended Target Area). Instructors will be held to a higher standard as has been the standard practice in the past. The Range Manual has been updated to includ these changes. Click on the MPTC Courses of Fire link above for all the MPTC qualification courses including Less Lethal.
MPTC FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATES NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
Instructors may now download a copy of their MPTC instructor certificates on file from the new MPTC Firearms Training website homepage (www.firearmsinstructor.org). Click on the CERTIFICATES tab and be prepared to enter the email address you gave the Statewide Firearms Coordinator on your application.
MPTC RESERVE INTERMITTENT FIREARMS COURSE APPROVED AS MSP BASIC FIREARMS SAFETY COURSE
The 20 hour Reserve Firearms program has been approved as a Basic Firearms Safety course for the purposes of firearms licensing here in Massachusetts. The certitication course number is LTC-022 and it is valid for both FID's and LTC's. As a reminder, the 20 hour program may only be taught by Level II or higher firearms instructors when training recruit reserve officers.
MPTC INSTRUCTOR APPLICATION AVAILABLE
If you are teaching for the MPTC (paid or unpaid) you will need to renew your contract prior to July 1. The application is now available on the MPTC website. Read the entire page and click on the link at the bottom to open the application. Click here to open
NEW QUALIFICATION SCORE SHEET AVAILABLE
The new handgun qualification program requires the instructor to monitor scoreable rounds for each of the five stages. To make this task a little easier, the MPTC has developed a new score sheet which instructors may use when running their qualification programs. The score sheet is available in both an Excel format which can be filled in and saved or as a PDF which can be printed in hard copy and filled in manually. Both are available on the MPTC Forms & Training Schedule link (above). Use of these forms is strictly voluntary.
MPTC HANDGUN QUALIFICATION UPDATED
The qualification course for handgun (pistol & revolver) has been updated to include time limits at all stages. Additionally, there have been some changes made to the content of the program which is designed to raise the overall proficiency of municipal police officers in the Commonwealth. The new program can be found on the MPTC COURSES OF FIRE page. Similar changes can be expected to the Shotgun and Patrol Rifle programs in the near future.
INSTRUCTOR RECERTIFICATION EXPIRATION
Effective this year, MPTC Firearms Instructor certifications will run on a 3 year cycle. If you recertify this year, your expiration date will be in 2015 instead of 2014.
FIREARMS TRAINING AREA REPRESENTATIVES
In order to assist instructors with questions and to insure they receive a reply in a timely manner, the Firearms Coordinator has divided up the state in areas covered by an Area Representative. These representatives will cover the state by counties and outside agencies. Please contact them if you have any questions regarding MPTC Firearms Training programs. In addition to Area Representatives, Program Managers were designated to administer and monitor the various firearms programs we run. Click here for the complete listing.
MPTC SPECIALTY IMPACT MUNITIONS (LESS LETHAL) PROGRAM
Less Lethal Instructor certification is now available to currently certified MPTC Firearms Instructors by attending one of the scheduled 2 Day Recertification classes. Certification will be offered in 12 gauge or 40mm single projectile, kinetic energy rounds such as the "super sock", "drag stabilized" or "Xact Impact" rounds. This program is brand neutral. The MPTC has a limited number of less lethal launchers which will be made available to the class. Recertifying instructors are responsible for supplying their own less lethal rounds which are available from Interstate Arms, Jurek Brothers and Milton Walsh Associates. Be sure to order at least 60 days in advance since most dealers do not stock these rounds.
RESERVE INTERMITTENT RECRUIT OFFICER FIREARMS PROGRAM
The MPTC Reserve Intermittent Recruit Firearms program is now the offical firearms program for all municipal reserve and intermittent officers authorized to carry a firearm in the course of their duties. This is an abbreviated (20 hour) recruit firearms program for the Reserve Intermittent Academy and will be the standard recruit firearms program for all part time officers whether taught at the academy or at the department level. This program must be taught by a MPTC Advanced Firearms Instructor or higher. Basic Firearms Instructors may assist with the program however they are not to be the Lead Instructor. The course cirriculum may be found on the MPTC Firearms Training Manuals page. Updated 2/19/12
CHANGES FOR THE 2011/2012 TRAINING CYCLE
Effective January 1, 2013, the minimum passing score for MPTC Firearms Instructors will be 94% with 100% round accountability.
Round accountability will be introduced into the veteran officer qualification in the future. The MPTC has introduced a Qualification Data Collection form to track shooter performance in the qualification course. Department instructors shall fax or email this data to the Firearms Coordinator. A link to this has been posted above. Further details will be distributed at the instructor recertifications.
MPTC SHOTGUN PROGRAM (2010 Revision)
The revised shotgun program has been approved and is now the official shotgun course of fire. 3/4/2011
MPTC ADOPTS MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR HANDGUN QUALIFICATION & TRAINING FOR POLICE OFFICERS
Effective March 1, 2010, these new standards become the minimum level of qualification and training for Municipal Police Officers, including full time, part time, reserve and intermittent, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Click here for details. 5/1/2010
MPTC INSTRUCTOR TARGET SCORING CRITERIA
Firearms instructors are held to a higher standard. This link will explain the scoring criteria used during MPTC Firearms Instructor certification courses. Click here for details.
Cliff Alves (978) 804-9057
Steve Taranto (781) 724-6569
Ron Raneri (781) 314-3527
Essex County, Probation, MBTA, Out of State Agencies, MLEFIAA & IALEFI
Cliff Alves (978) 804-9057
Middlesex County, Environmental Police, Federal Agencies inc. DOD and DOJ
Ron Raneri (781) 314-3527
Steve Taranto (781) 724-6569
Norfolk & Suffolk Counties, Amtrak, Massport and College Police Depts.
Ron Raneri (781) 314-3527
Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden & Worcester Counties, Mass. State Police
Bert DuVernay (508) 867-2059
Bristol, Barnstable, Dukes, Nantucket and Plymouth Counties,
Sheriff's Offices, Dept. of Corrections
Steve Assad (774) 328-2832