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HR 218 - Retired Officers Annual Qualification
The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Training Division offers an annual Use of Force Refresher Course and a Practical Qualification Course (PQC1), as set forth by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
In accordance with 18 USC 926C, a "qualified retired law enforcement officer" is an individual who:
1. separated from service in good standing from service with a public agency as a law enforcement officer;
2. before such separation, was authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of, or the incarceration of any person for, any violation of law, and had statutory powers of arrest or apprehension under section 807(b) of title 10, United States Code (article 7(b) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice);
3. before such separation, served as a law enforcement officer for an aggregate of 10 years or more; or separated from service with such agency, after completing any applicable probationary period of such service, due to a service-connected disability, as determined by such agency;
4. during the most recent 12-month period, has met, at the expense of the individual, the standards for qualification in firearms training for active law enforcement officers, as determined by the former agency of the individual, the State in which the individual resides or, if the State has not established such standards, either a law enforcement agency within the State in which the individual resides or the standards used by a certified firearms instructor that is qualified to conduct a firearms qualification test for active duty officers within that State;
5. has not been officially found by a qualified medical professional employed by the agency to be unqualified for reasons relating to mental health and as a result of this finding will not be issued photographic identification; or has not entered into an agreement with the agency from which the individual is separating from service in which that individual acknowledges he or she is not qualified under this section for reasons relating to mental health and for those reasons will not receive or accept photographic identification;
6. is not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance; and
7. is not prohibited by Federal law from receiving a firearm.
Additionally, the individual must carry either:
• photographic identification issued by the agency from which the individual separated from service as a law enforcement officer that identifies the person as having been employed as a police officer or law enforcement officer and indicates that the individual has, not less recently than one year before the date the individual is carrying the concealed firearm, been tested or otherwise found by the agency to meet the active duty standards for qualification in firearms training as established by the agency to carry a firearm of the same type as the concealed firearm; or
• photographic identification issued by the agency from which the individual separated from service as a law enforcement officer that identifies the person as having been employed as a police officer or law enforcement officer; and a certification issued by the State in which the individual resides or by a certified firearms instructor that is qualified to conduct a firearms qualification test for active duty officers within that State that indicates that the individual has, not less than one year before the date the individual is carrying the concealed firearm, been tested or otherwise found by the State or a certified firearms instructor that is qualified to conduct a firearms qualification test for active duty officers within that State to have met the active duty standards for qualification in firearms training, as established by the State, to carry a firearm of the same type as the concealed firearm; or if the State has not established such standards, standards set by any law enforcement agency within that State to carry a firearm of the same type as the concealed firearm.
Once A Year Date/Time Range Qualifications:
Qualifications for calendar year 2015, Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
Training Division Staff
Sergeant Zach Steward - 541-617-3383
Deputy Mike Biondi - 541-312-6401
To reach Training Division Staff by e-mail:Contact via email
Retirees who meet the legal requirements as stated above, may participate in the range qualifications. They will be required to travel to the Deschtues County Sheriff's Office Range at their own expense and provide their own firearm(s), ammunition and method of concealed carry.
Retirees must demonstrate the ability to follow instructions and have the ability to hear and see at a level that allows them to be safe when handling a firearm.
The retiree's firearm will be inspected to ensure they meet the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office standards and are safe to operate. Ammunition will also be inspected to ensure it meets the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office standards.
Range Location will be provided to each participant.
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Policies
Practical Qualification Course (PQC) I
Scoring: 100% hits within the 5 zone
1. 10-Yard Line - 3 Rounds
Two hand strong hand fire only
The student starts at the 15-yard line, one step right or left of the fire lane. On the signal, the student conducts an "L" movement to the cover barrel at 10-yards, draws and fires from cover one round strong side, and round over the top and one round support side.
Time Limit: 15 seconds
2. 7-Yard Line - 6 Rounds
On the signal, the student draws and fires 2 rounds.
Time Limit: 4 seconds
Repeat for a total of 6 rounds.
3. 5-Yard Line - 8 Rounds
On the signal, the student draws and fires 2 rounds.
The student takes one step right or left and reloads firing 6 additional rounds. The student then steps back where they started and conducts a tactical reload.
Time Limit: 15 seconds (to fire the 8 rounds, not counting final step and tactical reload.)
4. 3-Yard Line - 6 Rounds
Student draws and fires 3 rounds strong hand only.
The student then takes one step right or left, transfers the weapon to the support hand and fires 3 rounds with support hand only.
Time Limit: 10 seconds
5. 2-Yard Line - 2 Rounds
Student draws while taking 1 step back and fires 2 rounds. The student then takes 1 step right or left to get out of the line of attack.
Student starts with hand encumbered.
Time Limit: 3 seconds
Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (HR 218)
On July 22, 2004, President George W. Bush signed into legislation a new federal law, which exempts law enforcement officers from state law prohibiting carrying concealed firearms. The law allows "qualified" law enforcement officers, current or retired, to carry a concealed firearm in any state without a concealed handgun permit.
HR 218 DOES NOT specifically supersede state law regulating possession of firearms in public buildings such as courthouses and schools; the only application is to carrying concealed handguns. Therefore, a retired officer MAY NOT carry a concealed handgun in a public building, as prohibited in ORS 166.370 - the new law does not change this.