HISTORICAL BACKGROUND / CONTEXT
In 1934—a year after the Kansas City massacre that left four law enforcement officers dead, including a Bureau agent—Congress gave FBI agents the authority to carry firearms. In response, the FBI began a robust firearms training program, which has continuously grown and evolved through the years in order to keep pace with technology and best prepare agents and FBI police officers for the increasing dangers and threats they face while carrying out their assignments, domestically and internationally.
Each year, U.S. law enforcement officers at the local, state, and federal level are killed or wounded in the line of duty. Even seemingly routine arrest warrant situations or domestic disturbance calls can turn deadly in an instant. Officers must develope the skills and mindset required to quickly identify and handle critical situations in high risk environments. The firearms training program of the FBI provides the agents and police officers the skills needed to safely and effectively use firearms, if necessary, while performing their duties.
The FBI Academy (in Quantico, Virginia), dedicated to being the world’s premier law enforcement learning and research center and an advocate for law enforcement’s best practices worldwide, is operated by the Bureau’s Training Division.
Since 1934, special agents have been authorized to carry firearms. As part of the preparation for potential deadly force encounters, all new agent trainees currently receive training with Bureau-issued pistol, carbine, and shotgun. The FBI’s basic law enforcement firearms training curriculum is grounded within the fundamentals of firearms marksmanship and includes instruction on firearms safety, the performance of basic weapon handling skills, and live fire training. In order to demonstrate proficiency, all trainees must successfully qualify with each weapon. Trainees, who must qualify with a pistol, carbine, and shotgun, fire approximately 5,000 rounds of ammunition during their firearms training.
About the FBI
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States, which simultaneously serves as the nation's prime Federal law enforcement organization. Operating under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Justice, FBI is concurrently a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A lead U.S. counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crime.
Unlike the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which has no law enforcement authority and is focused on intelligence collection overseas, FBI is primarily a domestic agency, maintaining 56 field offices in major cities throughout the United States, and more than 400 resident agencies in lesser cities and areas across the nation. At an FBI field office, a senior-level FBI officer concurrently serves as the representative of the Director of National Intelligence. Despite its domestic focus, FBI also maintains a significant international footprint, operating 60 Legal Attache (LEGAT) offices and 15 sub-offices in U.S. embassies and consulates across the globe.
FBI was established in 1908 as the Bureau of Investigation (BOI). Its name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1935. The FBI headquarters is the J. Edgar Hoover Building, located in Washington, D.C.
FBI Training Film | Shooting for Survival | 1960s | Defensive Firearms Training
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