We went through the shotgun course but it was just for our own benefit GPD is correct that MCJTC will not certify you in the shotgun. Thus they should not require you to bring one for range week.GPD11 said:As for the shot gun, last I knew the training council doesn't even do shot gun qualifying in the academy, just the hand gun. I never had to bring one. They do a basic overview of the shot gun, but we were never required to bring one. My buddy just graduated from Boylston in March and they didn't get certified in the shot gun and weren't required to bring one. When I was in the academy they told me that they leave it up to individual depts to certify their officers in the shot gun, they said that every dept doesn't always have a shot gun in each cruiser so they leave it up to the dept.
I attended the Weymouth academy in 2001, for firearms we were only required to have our duty sidearm in which we got qualified in. They told us that we were not required to bring a shot gun as they were not certifying us in the shot gun. They did what they called an "overview" of the shotgun. No one in my academy used or brought a shotgun. Lt. Wicks the firearms instructor said that the MCJTC no longer certifies officers in the use of the shot gun as they leave it up to individual departments to certify their officers. Three of the new officers on my department attended the Boylston academy last year and weren't required to bring a shotgun, nor did they qualify on it in the academy. They were certified after they got out of the academy by the dept firearms instructor.Macop said:Yes they do certify you. I had to bring a shotgun and we did certify and I can tell you it was not optional.