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APD credits policy change for lowering failure rate on firearms tests

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Atlanta Police Department officials are crediting a FOX 5 investigation for leading to a policy change that has made officers better with their firearms.

The Atlanta Police Department received multiple complaints about new testing procedures. They complained about the lack of practice time on the new course and said it was unreasonable to expect officers to get all the changes and hit the target on the first try.

Administrators settled the dispute and made the changes to a two-day review and test.

"That's why we went to two days, to give the opportunities an opportunity to actually shoot the course live," said APD Chief George Turner.

Turner and his top administrator, Erika Shields, credit the change for improving how the officers have been shooting this year.

During the one-day sudden death course, the department saw a failure rate of 12 percent. Under the change to the two-day course, the non-passing rate dropped to 6 percent.

All police officers – including Chief Turner – must pass the test to carry a handgun.

If commanders don't make the grade, their guns will be taken away and they'll have 45 days of remedial shooting.

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