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
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
- Courses of fire are designed as either Skill-Based Courses or
- 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. This 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
Tactical Police Competitions
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22030