Retired LE Firearms Qualifications

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office
Firearms Qualifications Course Certificate for Retired Officers

Pursuant to the “Federal Law Enforcement Officer’s Safety Act of 2004”, (HR 218) the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office offers a firearms qualifications course and certificate for qualified retired officers who reside in Brevard County.

A “qualified retired law enforcement officer” is defined as an individual who:

  1. Retired in good standing from service with public agency as a law enforcement officer, other than for reasons of mental instability.
  2. Before retirement, 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.
  3. Before retirement, was regularly employed as a Law Enforcement Officer for an aggregate of 15 years or more.
  4. Retired from service with such agency, after completing any applicable probationary period of such service, due to a service connected disability, as determined by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
  5. Has a non-forfeitable right to benefits under the retirement plan of the agency.
  6. Is not prohibited by Federal law from receiving a firearm.

Please click here to view the FDLE HR 218 Questions and Answers Page.

Requirements

Required Equipment

  1. FIREARM – A handgun that may be either a revolver or semi-automatic handgun, with a caliber not less than .32 and not greater that .45. The term firearm does not include any machine gun, firearm silencer, and destructive device.
  2. At least 40 rounds of factory ammunition – NO RELOADED AMMUNITION!
  3. Eye Protection
  4. Ear Protection
  5. Hat
  6. Ballistic vest (loaner vests are available at the range)

Identification Requirements

  1. Retired officer identification from issuing agency
  2. Additional picture identification

Course of Fire

  • 1-yard line
    • Two rounds from the hip in four seconds – repeated twice for a total of four rounds.
  • 3-yard line
    • Two rounds from the low ready position in one second – repeated three times for a total of six rounds.
  • 7-yard line
    • Two rounds from the holster in four seconds for a total of two rounds
    • Two rounds from the low ready position in four seconds – repeated twice for a total of four rounds.
    • Three rounds from the holster in five seconds – repeated twice for a total of six rounds.
    • Twelve rounds from the holster in forty five seconds with a mandatory reload somewhere between the first and last round – total of 12 rounds.
  • 15-yard line
    • Six rounds from the holster in thirty seconds – for a total of six rounds.

The retired officer understands and assumes the risks associated with discharging a firearm and agrees to hold the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office harmless for any injuries that may occur on the firing range.

Upcoming Dates for Qualifications

Class Schedule:

  • May 15
  • August 22
  • November 13

TIME: 0800 to 1300

LOCATION: 2955 Pluckebaum Rd. Cocoa, Fl

No Pre-Registration Required