L.E.O.S.A.

The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (formerly known as HR218 )

The Coral Springs Police Department is offering retired law enforcement officers that reside in the State of Florida an opportunity to qualify under HR 218/H.B. 143, Chapter 2007-111.

Dates for 2021:

  • Thursday, December 16 • 10 a.m.

Qualifications for retired law enforcement officers will be held at the:

Coral Springs Police Training Range
12151 NW 42nd Street
Coral Springs, Florida.

For qualification scheduling, please contact:

  • Training Assistant - Dakota Acosta at 954-346-1746
  • Range Master - Scott Mitchell at 954-345-2224

 

Firearm Qualifications

Requirements

Applicant Please see the following in order to participate:

  • Be a full-time State of Florida resident or retired CSPD officer.
  • Possess on the day of qualification a photographic identification card issued by the agency where the officer retired as well as second form of government - issued photographic identification.
  • Make arrangements with the Training Unit for NCIC/FCIC checks indicating that he or she is not prohibited by Federal law from receiving or possessing a firearm.
  • Sign a waiver of liability available online or provided by the Coral Springs Police Department Range Master or Firearms Instructor.
  • Florida law requires all costs associated with the demonstration by such person to meet the required range-testing component shall be the expense of the person being tested. The cost is $75.00 per person for each qualification session attended.
  • Only checks or money orders will be accepted. Checks should be made to the City of Coral Springs and brought to the qualification.
  • The L.E.O.S.A. Retired Officer Request for Firearms Qualification form must be completed and notarized, prior to attending a qualification session. If it is not completed and brought the day of qualification, the retiree will not be allowed to qualify.
  • Coral Springs Police Range Rules and Policies will be in effect and followed by each Participant.
  • Each participant must furnish their own handgun, holster, and at least two reloading devices (speed loaders or magazines). The holster must allow for safe holstering. An inside-the-waistband holster that collapses shut when the weapon is drawn may not meet this requirement.
  • Each participant must provide their own ammunition (The minimum is 40 rounds. Bringing more is highly recommended). The authorized calibers are .380 ACP, .38 Spl, 9mm, .357 Sig, 40 S&W, and .45 ACP.
  • Only handguns chambered for the approved calibers will be authorized.
  • Coral Springs Police Firearms Instructors will inspect firearms for safety and functionality prior to use.
  • Observe all safety rules and range regulations. The Range Master’s determination will be final as to all issues regarding proficiency, safety, and equipment. Any participant who cannot acceptably operate their weapon will be excused from the qualification. Any weapon, holster, ammunition, or related equipment found unsafe or unsuitable for a police qualification course will be prohibited from use on the range.
  • Pass the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Law Enforcement Officer Firearms Qualification Standard course for active officers. The approved course of fire can be found on the following FDLE web site:
  • Download FDLE Law Enforcement Officer Firearms Qualification Standard Form <- WAIT FOR NEW LINK
  • There is no practice or warm – up permitted
  • The qualification is limited to the first 10 retirees who sign up, a waiting list will be prepared in the event a scheduled person drops out.
  • Retirees are limited to one firearm per qualification day (no multiple handguns)
  • Retirees must be scheduled in advance by Training Unit Administrative Assistant, any retiree failing to register or be scheduled with Training Unit prior to range date will not be permitted to qualify. (No Drop-ins)
  • Proper attire is required. No open- toed footwear or sleeveless shirts.
  • Handguns need to be in safe condition when brought to the range (unloaded, empty chamber or cylinder) slide locked back / cylinder open and prepared for inspection by Range Master.

This service should not be considered a training course. All participants should bring a firearm that they are proficient with. Retirees will be given two attempts to qualify. Remedial training will not be provided. Non - CSPD retirees will be required to pay an amount equal to one half of the original qualification process fee for each subsequent set of qualification attempts. Retirees will not be allowed to clean their weapons on range property.

Retired officers who meet all the requirements will be provided a CJSTC Firearms Proficiency Verification Card with all pertinent data. The card will expire one (1) year from the issuing date.

Retired CSPD officers residing out-of-state who meet the requirements will receive a new retired officer identification card in lieu of the CJSTC Firearms Proficiency Verification Card. The retired officer identification card will indicate that the retired officer passed the same firearms qualification course used for active officers and is authorized to carry a concealed firearm of the type used during the qualification process. The card will expire one (1) year from the issuing date.

Coral Springs Police firearms instructors designated to conduct the qualification will have the final discretionary authority to disqualify any firearm(s) or person(s) based on safety or proficiency.

Firearms Training Facility

Range Rules and Regulations

The following safety regulations are designed to ensure the safety of all personnel, regardless of rank, on this Department and any other department, while using the Firearms Training Facility. These rules shall be posted in a conspicuous location and shall be strictly enforced. The Range Master is responsible for the safe operation of the facility and may take actions necessary to safeguard persons using the facility, protect facility property, or to ensure public safety. Failure to obey any of these regulations may result in disciplinary action and/or being ordered to leave the Firearms Training Facility by the Range Master or a designated Firearms Instructor in the absence of the Range Master. The Range Master shall take immediate action to address rules violations and, at his discretion, report these violations to the Training Unit Supervisor who will inform the Chief of Police.

These rules apply to Coral Springs Police Department personnel, and any person
using the Firearms Training Facility for any reason.

  1. All personnel are required to notify either the Range Master, the Training unit Supervisor or designee prior to using the Firearms Training Facility.
  2. Parking areas are provided at the range. Vehicles will park in marked parking places only. This will not apply to vehicles being used for maintenance, special training, delivery, or other reasons at the discretion of the Range Master.
  3. The Range Master’s Office is an access restricted space. No personnel shall enter the Range Master's Office without the express permission of the Range Master, the Training Unit Supervisor, or designee.
  4. Only personnel who have been given specific authorization shall enter the ammunition storage area or weapons storage area. Weapons or ammunition will not be removed from the storage areas without the knowledge and authorization of the Range Master or Training Unit Supervisor.
  5. Any firearm carried outside of a holster at the Firearms Training Facility, not on the firing line, shall be unloaded with the action, bolt, or cylinder open, depending on the specific firearm.
  6. The handling of loaded firearms is restricted to the actual firearms ranges. Loaded firearms will not be handled in any other area of the range facility.
  7. Loading and unloading of weapons will only take place at one of the covered rifle or pistol ranges on the firing line facing the bullet trap and only after checking to see that no person is down range. No other area is to be used for loading or unloading.
  8. Discharging of firearms shall be in the direction of the bullet trap only. No shots will be fired in the direction of any wall, ceiling, or floor.
  9. When on the firing line, upholstered firearms shall be pointed in a safe direction at all times.
  10. All firearms at the Firearms Training Facility are subject to a safety inspection by the Range Master or designee at any time. Defective firearms shall not be used until repaired.
  11. Only approved ammunition will be used at the Firearms Training Facility. All ammunition is subject to an inspection by the Range Master or designee at any time. The use of armor piercing or incendiary ammunition is prohibited.
  12. Eye and ear protection are required to be worn at all times by all persons while on the range when any person is actively engaged in shooting a firearm.
  13. A hat will be worn by all individuals while on the firing line. The minimum hat required is a baseball style hat with a minimum 3-inch brim. The brim shall be worn over the eyes. The wearing of a hat with a brim that completely encircles the crown is encouraged, as the full brim will provide increased protection.
  14. Any person experiencing a firearm or ammunition malfunction must keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction while correcting the problem. The Range Master or Firearms Instructor shall be notified if the situation cannot be corrected. The Range Master or designated Firearms Instructor shall intervene if an unsafe condition arises.
  15. During qualification or firearms training, firing will only be done on command from the Range Master or designated Firearms Instructor.
  16. When on the range, cell phones, radios, or any other device, must be placed in silent mode or turned off.
  17. Firearms will not be left unattended, except in designated areas. Weapons and ammunition are prohibited beyond fence into the Sims training area.
  18. With the exception of police K-9’s, no pets or animals are permitted at the Firearms Training Facility unless authorized by the Range Master or Training Unit Supervisor.
  19. Smoking, chewing tobacco and the use of snuff or any other similar products are prohibited at the range facility. Food and beverages may be consumed only in designated areas at the range facility.
  20. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at the Firearms Training Facility during operating hours. Persons impaired to any degree by alcohol or any other substance will not handle, or fire any firearm. The Range Master or any Firearms Instructor will take the firearm(s) from any suspected impaired person and secure it. The incident will be immediately reported to the Training Unit Supervisor.
  21. Persons believed, by the Range Officer or a Firearms Instructor, to be ill or mentally distracted to the point of being a safety concern or a disruption to training will be ordered to leave the facility.
  22. Any person ordered to leave the facility by the Range Master, Training Unit Supervisor, or designated Firearms Instructor, shall leave immediately.
  23. If a person refuses to leave immediately, the Range Master, Training Unit Supervisor, or designee, will contact the CSPD dispatch and request that two road patrol officers come to the Firearms Training Facility.
  24. Upon arrival of the road patrol officers, the Range Master, or Training Unit Supervisor, or Firearms Instructor, will again advise the involved person to leave the facility. The patrol officers will take necessary actions to resolve the situation.

Persons not abiding by all the above rules will leave the Firearms Training Facility
upon request of the Range Officer, Training Unit Supervisor, or designated Firearm's Instructor.