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Minneapolis Police Department Gun Control TrainingPresented By: Kesha Taylor
Needs AnalysisFirearms training is a component required for all law enforcement agencies. There are approximately 20,000 laws and regulations governing gun control in the United States. Each police department has a training program dedicated to the safe handling of a gun. Employees are responsible for actions of any discharge of their firearm. Firearms requirements and policies exist to provide clear and concise procedures related to training. Unfortunately, gun violence has become a serious problem and continues to increase in numbers.
Task AnalysisLeaders from the different divisions have key responsibilities and functions to allow due process when incidents occur. Instructors employed at the academy ensure cadets can successfully qualify in shooting, academics, and basic skills to join the force. Gun control regulations assist in developing tasks dedicated to continuous improvement during training sessions. The police academy devotes its time teaching beginners how to think, move, and operate in a cop world. Mental stability is constantly tested due to the difficulty of certain programs. Tests designed to evaluate competencies and understanding of basic laws place eligible personnel into respectable departments. Officers are rated for their performance, job conditions, physical capabilities, and knowledge on weapons. “With a better-trained police force and better communication with the communities, law enforcement officials are hopeful the number of bad headlines will shrink” (Khemlani, 2017).
Person Analysis“In general, training refers to a planned effort by an organization to facilitate employee knowledge and skills that are critical for successful job performance” (Noe, Hollenbeck, Gerhart and Wright, 2008). Gaps between a person’s current capabilities and what is desired is identified during a person needs analysis. In the case of gun control, the Range Master holds responsibility of scheduling, ammunition.All firearm instructors must be trained and certified to be on the range as a safety precaution. Credentials are verified by the Range Master. Job performance of an officer can identify the needs for current and future jobs. Cadets and sworn in officers measure the success of each program. Most officers feel training is boring and may not be sufficient for certain subjects like diversity or handling offenders with mental needs.
Training RequirementsOfficers are strictly prohibited from placing a finger on the trigger guard or any indexes on the frame of the gun until one is prepared to fire the weapon. Discipline actions concerning unlawful, reckless, and unintentional behaviors not consistent with MPD training and policy. Officers must meet minimum qualification scores to be remain employed.