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APD: No plans to modify firearms exam despite failures

Posted: Updated: April 30, 2013 06:33 PM

The Atlanta Police Department says it will not modify its firearms exam for officers despite growing criticism that the process is unfair and too many cops are flunking out.

When officers fail the test, the city sits those officers down, leaving them unavailable for patrol.

Almost 10 percent of the police on the Atlanta force who have taken the test this year have failed.

Many complain that a new test process, in which the officers are now required to shoot at two targets instead of one, is unfair. They say the instructors will not allow them to train on this new course before they take the test.

When asked by Atlanta City Council's Public Safety Chairman Michael Bond why officers aren't allowed to practice, APD Academy Director Major Jeff Glazier said there's not enough space.

"We have upwards of 200 police officers showing up on Mondays to practice. So in order to have them practice safely, we have to all shoot from one yard line. So it's a seven-yard line," said Glazier.

Officers say they are being penalized because the training facility is too small.

The academy director says practice time, while limited, is still adequate if all the officers make the commitment to get the fundamentals of shooting down.

Those who fail have their weapons taken from them and they are off the street for up to 45 days Glazier said they can re-qualify.

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