The LVMPD has revised its firearms policy. The policy change has a major effect for police recruits. The LVMPD will no longer issue duty handguns to recruits nor will recruits be allowed to begin the Academy with their privately owned handguns. All recruits entering the Academy will be issued inoperable training handguns and a holster.
These handguns will be carried by recruits for training purposes for the first half of the academy. Recruits will receive firearms selection training during the first phase of the Academy (approximately 8 weeks into the academy). This training is designed to assist in making a decision on the selection of an appropriate duty handgun.
Only after recruits have received this training will they be authorized to purchase a duty firearm (if an authorized firearm is not already owned prior to the academy start date). When authorized by the Class’ T.A.C. Officers, they will also be mandated to carry the firearm for the remainder of the academy. The LVMPD Firearms Policy will be covered in detail during this training.
Recruits who do not already own authorized firearms prior to the receipt of this letter WILL NOT purchase a handgun for duty until they have received handgun selection training. Recruits who currently own an authorized handgun prior to the receipt of this letter may carry them only after they attend the selection training, if the handgun meets department and Academy policy requirements and when instructed to do so by the TAC staff.
NOTE: DUE TO THE PREVELANCE OF FIREAMS QUALIFICATION FAILURES WITH OTHER HANDGUNS AND CALIBERS, THE EASE OF USE, FUNCTIONALITY, AND DURABLITY, THE LVMPD ACADEMY AND FIREARMS TRAINING AND TACTICS UNIT (FTTU) STRONGLY RECOMMENDS ACADEMY RECRUITS PURCHASE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING HANGUNS ONLY:
Firing Mechanism: STRIKER-FIRE MECHANISM DUTY HANDGUN
Caliber: 9mm Luger only
Barrel Length: At least 3.5 inches but not to exceed 6 inches
Finish: Blued, Black, Grey, Tan (Desert, Coyote, or ‘Flat Dark Earth’), or Stainless Steel (OD Green is NOT authorized)
Grips: Hi-impact plastic, rubber or wood designed to be used with either hand
The following is a current list of manufacturers and models which meet these recommended criteria (this list may not be all-inclusive):
Glock: G17, G19, or G34
Smith & Wesson M&P: – M&P9 Original and ProSeries (4.25" & 5" barrel)
Springfield Armory XD: XD4", XD MOD.2 4" & 5" barrel, XDM 4.5" barrel
Sig Sauer: P320 Full-Size, Carry, or Compact models
OTHER AUTHORIZED FIREARMS
If one of the above listed recommended firearms is NOT purchased/owned, LVMPD members are only allowed to carry the following manufacturer’s handguns and calibers:
Beretta Colt Glock Wilson
Heckler & Koch Kimber Para-ordnance Ruger
Sig Sauer Smith & Wesson Para-USA Springfield
Steyr Unertl Walther
Traditional double to single action
Double action only
Caliber: 9mm, .40 cal, .45 cal.
Barrel Length: At least 3.5 inches and not to exceed 6 inches
Finish: Blued, Black, Grey, Tan (Desert, Coyote, or ‘Flat Dark Earth’), or Stainless Steel
(OD Green is NOT authorized)
Grips: Hi-impact plastic or rubber, black in color, or wood, designed to be used with either hand.
Recruits who DO NOT pass the initial Academy firearms qualification with a non-recommended firearm may be required to purchase a 9mm striker-fire firearm from the Recommended Firearms list.
If you have any questions regarding this letter or the LVMPD Firearms Policy, visit the Contact Us page.
During the Academy you will be given extensive instruction involving firearms training and tactics. You will be instructed on firearms safety, firearms care and cleaning, the fundamentals of marksmanship, tactical shooting, low light shooting, tactical reloads and speed reloads. You will learn the current LVMPD Department Use of Force Policy and how it relates to firearms. You will receive instruction on the deployment of handguns, shotguns, less than lethal shotguns, the Electronic Control Device, and deployment of the shotgun slug rounds. All firearms instructors have taken LVMPD instructor courses, NRA certification courses, and many of our instructors have attended training provided by many of the firearms manufacturers. All recruits must pass the firearms qualification. Firearms qualification is considered one of the 36 Academy test points. Failure to qualify is considered a failure of a unit of instruction.