The Firearms and Tactics Section teaches both the functional knowledge and the mechanical skills necessary for the safe and proficient use of firearms. The section also cultivates the incisive tactical judgment needed to navigate the turbulent dynamics of deadly force encounters. The goal in developing foundational skills and incisive judgment is to minimize occasions for the use of deadly force, while maximizing the safety of the community served.
All firearms training starts with NYPD recruits and continues through the in-service semi-annual qualification cycle. Both the recruit training and semi-annual in-service training are regarded as the essential base for all NYPD firearms training.
Some of the programs the Firearms and Tactics Section provides include:
The Firearms and Tactics Section remains a leader in the field, continually exploring the latest research, examining tactical innovations, testing novel equipment, and adapting an evolving curriculum to new insights and information.