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Jason Wuestenberg

Jason Wuestenberg is the executive director for the National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association (NLEFIA). Jason retired from the Phoenix (Arizona) Police Department as a sergeant in 2017 after 22 years of service. Jason spent over half of his career as a full-time firearms and tactics instructor and ended his career as a training sergeant/rangemaster in charge of the agency’s patrol rifle program. Jason has conducted firearms training and instructor development at the state, national, and international levels. Contact him at

The question of who can or should censor law enforcement trainers leads us down a dangerous path
Putting a variable power optic on a patrol rifle does NOT turn a patrol rifle program into a “designated marksman” program
The premise behind my recent article is simple: trade out unnecessary, excessive firearms qualifications for more quality range training
If an agency has a serious mishap in a live-fire shoot house environment, it will likely set their shoot house training program back several years
More qualifications mean more opportunities for failure
The sample size is small, but trends are developing
The standards aim to reduce the disparity in length and content of law enforcement firearms instructor certification courses nationwide
A balance of both live-fire range training and FoF training or video simulation is the best option for officers
Every form of training an agency offers to its officers can be done better or differently
Qualifying is a “necessary evil” for police officers that should occupy very little of our range time