Originally Posted by orangello
I have absolutely no problem with LEO's getting extra firearms training. Knowing how to handle a firearm would certainly seem to be a VERY important PART of their job. Perhaps, starting with vets would allow police departments to spend more time in the other parts of LEO training like people handling skills & knowledge of the laws they are going to be enforceing. The only problem in my mind is the difficulty in overcoming the in-depth training & environmental reinforcement of the non-firearms parts of military training and military life. If a soldier has been trained not to expect certain civilian rights & that training has been reinforced through several years of experience in a military seting, will a trip through their local police academy training program be as influetial enough to overcome that? Let us not forget that those academies and departments will be suffering budget constraints in the next few years that could impact training greatly.
We need LEO's who can defend themselves and the public firearms-wise, but that isn't all we need in a LEO. I would imagine firearms skills aren't used as much in an LEO's average day as their people-handling skills or their knowledge of the law.
Soldiers are retrained constantly, adjusting to new training on updated equipment, changes in the chain of command, changes in the rules of engagement, ect, ect, ect...The success or failure rate of vet's in any police academy would not be any higher or lower than that that of the public at large. Your starting with the same raw material, but with vets, they are already familliar with the chain of command, folowing orders, dealing with stress, and on the topic of safe gun handling, could probably teach LEO instructors a thing or too. I'm not saying every vet would make a great COP, only that training them to be cops would result in more proficient finished product with those that succesfully meet the LEO training standards.