This three-day (24-hour) course will provide students with knowledge of basic firearm terminology, construction, and operation as well as first-hand experience in safely loading, test-firing, and unloading a variety of weapons. The weapons included are the ones commonly found in criminal cases: revolvers, pistols, rifles, shotguns, and automatic weapons. The primary focus is the safe operation and handling of weapons, ammunition. This course is intended for laboratory technicians, latent print examiners, criminalists, or crime scene specialists from law enforcement agencies who must handle evidence firearms in the course of their duties. Each class is limited to 20 students. This course is POST reimbursable, Plan IV.
Dave Barber and Mike Giusto
Classroom lecture, handling and range firing of more than 25 different firearms.
Students will be able to collect firearms evidence safely. Students will be able to safely load and unload a wide variety of firearms action types.
Pre-course reading material may be required
A $75.00 materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge will be due at the beginning of the class. Make checks payable to the California Department of Justice.
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $360.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.