American Sniper Association, Region 1, Northeast Representative
This course will lay out a solid education and practical foundation for the new or veteran sniper looking to get back to the basics. In five days all the basics will be covered and you, the police sniper will be ready for your first call-out as if it were scheduled to happen on Friday after graduation. The focus of this school is on operational tactics, field-craft, observation, reporting, range estimation, urban tactics, marksmanship skills, positional shooting with an emphasis on the cold bore shot. Other areas of instruction include policy, equipment recommendations, mechanics of the rifle and scope, ballistics, the data book, hostage rescue engagements, and more.
The police sniper needs to become and remain a student of his art, always seeking to improve his knowledge and skills. Gone are the days when a police officer can be handed a rifle, taught to shoot bull's-eyes and be designated "marksman." The true police sniper needs to be continually challenged to learn and excel at his trade. He needs to master skills that will prepare him mentally and physically for his job in the field. This course will be many things that the basic course does not cover. Unconventional positional shooting, tripod shooting, intermediate barrier shooting, moving targets, and cold bore accuracy. It is recommended that agencies send snipers in pairs to gain the best training effect. Prerequisite: Must have attended a creditable basic sniper school.
The police sniper is possibly the most important and misused element of the tactical team. The success or failure of the sniper program rests heavily on their command personnel. They are the people who will make the crucial decisions about selecting, equipping, training and employing snipers in critical incidents. However, they cannot be expected to make knowledgeable decisions without a thorough understanding of the police sniper, his function, his needs, his capabilities and his limitations. This two-day course is designed to educate the SWAT supervisor charged with the responsibility of establishing and utilizing a sniper program. It will give him the information he will need to make the program successful and effective. Content includes establishing a program, writing policies, buying equipment, organizing and documenting training, current tactics, legal issues, media relations, and relevant case studies.
This 40 plus hour course is designed to teach the candidate in giving snipers and team leaders the tools they need to design and deliver the proper sniper training to others. This is not a basic sniper course, and students are expected to come with the prerequisite knowledge and skills. This course is an intensive mixture of classroom lectures, writing assignments, interactive group projects, and range exercises, fully immersing students in the learning and teaching process. Students will learn a wide variety of techniques for teaching snipers and the underlying instructional principles.
Students who successfully complete this course and the necessary prerequisites will receive certification as a Police Sniper Instructor. This certification has a 2-year expiration. A one (1) day, (8) eight-hour recertification course will be given. The cost for the one (1) day course to maintain the certification is $175.00
POLICE SNIPER TRAINER COURSE PREREQUISITES
All students requesting admission to the Police Sniper Trainer Course must provide proof of the following at the time of registration: