The Firearms & Tactics Section teaches both the functional knowledge and the mechanical skills necessary for the safe and proficient use of firearms and less lethal weaponry such as pepper spray and Tasers (Conducted Electrical Weapons). It also cultivates critical decision making and incisive tactical judgment needed to navigate the turbulent dynamics of dangerous encounters. The goal in developing foundational skills and incisive judgment is to de-escalate encounters and minimize occasions for the use of deadly force, while maximizing the safety of the community served.
All NYPD firearms training begins with recruits and continues through the in-service semi-annual qualification cycle, and specialized training. The training is conducted by an experienced, full time, instructor training staff comprised of NYPD and New York State certified instructors.
Recruit officers must successfully complete fifteen days of training at the Firearms & Tactics Section. This includes five days of basic firearms instruction, and ten days of tactical training.
Some of the additional training programs the Firearms & Tactics Section provides include:Special Weapons
The Firearms & 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.