Earlier this spring, I had the opportunity to attend an IALEFI Master Instructor Development course in Shelby County, Alabama. The International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors is an organization dedicated to improving the level of firearms instruction with the goal of keeping officers safe in life threatening events. This focus on officer safety has been evident in my every interaction with IALEFI.
The Master Instructor Development program is a three day event with both classroom and practical components. The first day was shotgun, the second day was rifle and low-light handgun, and the final day focused on handgun. Each instructor provided classroom material supported by drills that could be taken back to participant’s home agencies.
Day One began with Sgt. Jake King of the Marietta, GA police department concentrating on shotguns. Participants learned drills for teaching loading, ammo transitions, and shooting at various distances. Using a variety of ammunition, we saw the different patterns and group sizes using pump and semi auto guns. Jake also brought along a “shotgun library” consisting of about 25 different models, action types, and configurations.