Originally Posted by Mekanic
WOW I have a question.
Are they scoring shooting at 100% as well??
I was told they would NEVER do that because if you shot 100%
And then under all stress of a real shooting got lucky and shot a suspect between the eyes when we were taught to shoot center mass then it would be said you did it on purpose??
On the range we taught to double tap center mass.
Our routine moved from various distances between 5 to 25 yards. Open and behind barricades, varions positions. All timed.
No 100% was not required there, only 90% if I remember correctly.
All in-class legal course work has to be a 100% score. That is why all the individual re-training and re-testing on each course section and the final exam.
It was also customized to each officer if any questions were missed.
The instructor had to make one general test for everyone. Then each student that missed any part of that test was was retrained and re-tested on that part, up to 3 times to get the100% on what he missed. All tests were approved on the highest
Example: if Officer A missed 5 questions out of 100, he would be retrained and retested on that areas which the 5 questions were about.
If he then missed 2 questions, he was retrained and retested again on the areas he missed.
If he then missed 1 question, the was retrained and retested again on the area he missed.
That would make the three possible testings.
If he did not get a 100% on the retested areas, then he was out.
Out of the Academy and out of a job.
All tests are signed by the Officer and instructor.
The Officer can never say he was not trained.
That eliminated the deep pockets the lawyers went after, by eliminating vicarious liability.
"Vicarious Liability" are key words here.
Ref to the lawsuit with the Officer:
Depending on Departmental and City polices, the Officer may very well still be represented by City paid Attorneys and the Insurance Company the City has, to cover the lawsuit.
Usually they are afforded some to all help.
There are however NO guarantees, as it is up to the individual City and PD policies.
Also some areas have Police Unions, however some areas like Va., a union would be illegal. The union if any, would also assist the Officer. Also any Association of LEO (non union) may offer assistance.
As someone else said, it is never simple.