Clay County Sheriff Deputy Jason Frazier has put together a new course for retired law enforcement regarding the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA), which certifies qualified law enforcement officers and qualified retired law enforcement officers to carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States regardless of state or local laws, in cooperation with the Clay County Sheriff's Department.
"It's one of those things where as a police officer, you are so used to being able to carry a firearm," Frazier said. "They've served the public and community for such a long time, and this is a way to give back to them for their service."
The LEOSA certification may be gained through the course, which allows retired officers to carry a firearm anywhere in the United States as long as they maintain their yearly certification.
"These people have put so much time into serving the public, they want to continue to do that," Frazier said. "This is way for them to hone those skills."
The qualification course is free through the Clay County Sheriff's Department, other than a range fee, which allows participants to use the range for one year.
"We had some retired officers ask us if we had anything available here through the sheriff's office," Frazier said. "We approached (Sheriff Mike) Heaton about what we could offer these officers."
According to Frazier, Heaton supported the idea of a qualification course through the department and wanted it to be free to participants.
"It's a 48-round course of fire that starts at the 3-yard line and goes all the way back to the 25-yard line, incorporating right and left hand shooting, kneeling shooting and things like that," Frazier said. "It's the same course of fire that all the law enforcement officers must go through to graduate."
The qualification course will be conducted at PRO-TEQ Firearms Academy, located at W. County Road 1200 N., Brazil. The shooting range is used for handgun, shotgun and rifle training for law enforcement, military and civilian community members.
The course will begin with warm-up drills and should last around one hour.
"Right now, the federal and state agencies aren't providing this training for their officers," Frazier said. "We're the only ones doing this, and it's available to federal, state or local retired officers."
Once completed, participants will be issued a LEOSA Training and Qualification Card.
The first year for the course was 2011, and this year the course will be offered in the fall. To register, contact Frazier at 446-2535 Ext. 108.
Frazier is also the owner of Panther Precision Arms Training, which offers an additional training course to prepare retired officers for the qualification course given through the Sheriff's Department.
The additional training course will train retired officers on the newest shooting techniques and weapon handling skills with topics including: Weapon safety, weapon maintenance, fundamentals of shooting, drawing from the holster, shooting positions and marksmanship drills.
The program is an Indiana Law Enforcement Academy approved course. It lasts four hours and costs $100.