Tactical Police Competition


The NRA Law Enforcement Division created the Tactical Police Competition (TPC) program to encourage patrol officers to gain more experience, training and time on the range using their duty firearms. While traditional standard qualification courses of fire are very important, we believe officers need additional practice time, live fire exercises, and challenges to hone their skills and gain additional experience in handling and deploying duty firearms.

TPC is different in many ways from other combat or tactical competitions. Some notable differences include:

  • TPC is only for law enforcement officers, members of the U.S. Military and private sector law enforcement officers.
  • Firearms, holsters and other equipment must be "patrol duty gear."
  • Courses of fire are designed as either Skill-Based Courses or Scenario-Based Courses.
    • Skill-Based Courses challenge the officer's skills and abilities in handling, accuracy and overall proficiency with a given firearm system under set conditions.
    • Scenario Based Courses place the officer in a hypothetical law enforcement encounter. The officer must then decide how to run the course and solve the challenges presented according to their own tactics and skills.


TPC matches are comprised of four to seven separate courses of fire. Courses may be handgun-only, rifle or shotgun-only, or a combination of firearms. Each course is designed to challenge the officer's skills in the use of their duty firearms and equipment. Some of the challenges include: assessing threat and non-threat targets; firing from unusual shooting positions; making tactical decisions of how to move through a course; using cover and working around visual barriers; being responsible for ammunition management; assessing hits; and balancing the paramount need for accuracy with speed.

NRA Law Enforcement Instructor Development Schools teach "Bring the street to the range." TPC is designed with a similar philosophy, and where possible, we attempt to have officers face the same challenges. For instance, in TPC there are no separate categories for high capacity handguns and single stack handguns, or different scoring systems for different calibers. img1.jpgThis is because suspects on the street do not know, care or act differently because of any of these factors. If an officer carries a handgun with a capacity of only eight rounds, he should be very proficient in ammunition management and Tactical and Speed Reloads. TPC has no equalizing formulas for calibers and does not modify courses to make them "friendly" to specific firearm types. What an officer carries on the street should be what he uses in TPC courses.

An exception to our street reality preference is the use of multiple sets of threat targets. Most law enforcement firearm related street encounters involve one or two lethal threat adversaries. If TPC matches strictly followed this statistic, officers would fire only 10 to 20 rounds during an entire day's match. While realistic in threat numbers, this is not a very efficient use of the officer's time and fails to maximize range time for practice and training. As such, in Scenario Based Courses officers will find multiple engagement decisions and sets of threat targets to provide additional opportunities for officers to practice and evaluate their skills.

NRA Law Enforcement Division
Tactical Police Competitions
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 267-1632