Basic Police Firearms Instructor Development Course (FIDC)

TUITION:     No Cost

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Police Officer Standards and Training Council’s Field Services Training Division, in conjunction with regional police firearm instructors, will be conducting a Police Firearms Instructor Course.  The program will be held from Monday, May 10, 2021 to Friday, May 21, 2021 (total of 10 training days).  The class will meet from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.  The program will be conducted at the Firearms Range at the Connecticut Police Academy, 285 Preston Avenue, Meriden, CT.

Each Attendee must provide the following:

  • Agency service weapon (handgun and shotgun)
  • Handgun ammunition – 2000 rounds
  • Handgun ammunition – 150 Lead Free FRANGIBLE rounds
  • Shotgun ammunition
    • 150 rounds (00 buck)
    • 100 rounds rifle slug
    • 5 bean bag rounds
  • Full duty patrol street gear with reloading sources
  • Protective vests
  • Eye and hearing protection
  • Baseball style cap with a rounded bill
  • Duty rain gear (if needed)
  • Gun cleaning kit (handgun and shotgun)

Simmunition Equipment

  • Weapon, if possible
  • Protective equipment, if available
  • 50 simmunition rounds

In order to receive a course certificate, candidates will be required to successfully complete a practicum consisting of classroom lectures, practical skills demonstration, evaluation of coaching techniques, ability to diagnose problem shooters, knowledge of technical terms, actions and equipment, and a written test.  The percentages constituting passing test scores are as follows: Shooting practicum 95% (285 out of 300) and written test 80%.

Pre-requisite Information
Enrollment to this course is strictly limited to 20 participants who have successfully passed the POSTC Firearms pre-test and a basic instructor development course.

Participants successfully completing the training will receive review training credit as follows:

  • Curriculum Area II: Police and the Law 4 hours,
  • Curriculum Area III: Practical Skills, 16 hours;
  • POSTC firearms mandated credit, 3 hours
  • POSTC Firearms elective credit, 9 hours.

Please complete the registration form and forward to the attention of Barbara Fullenwiley by email at or fax (203) 238-6119. The deadline date is April 1, 2021.  If you have any questions, please contact William Steck, Field Services Division Director at 203-427-2621. 

NOTE FOR THE APPLICATION:  THERE ARE TWO (2) PRE-REQUISITES FOR REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS.  Please record the dates of attendance for each applicant for (1) the pre-test examination for firearms instructor, and (2) the “Basic Instructor Development” training course.

There is no tuition for this course. Academy for a small fee.  Lunch may be purchased each day at nearby restaurants. 

The Police Officer Standards and Training Council Dress Code Requirement for in-service training is not in effect for the session.