Did you know that for the last 56 years, the NRA Law Enforcement Division has been supporting the nation's law enforcement officers (LEOs) with specific firearms training certification, competitions, benefits and more? It's true: Your NRA is a stalwart friend not only to law-abiding citizens who care about the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, it's also an ally to those who help uphold the law and maintain the integrity of the "thin blue line." Here are five ways that you may not have known the NRA helps to support America's LEOs.
1. Training and Materials The NRA has been training Americans in the safe and accurate use of firearms since 1871, so it's only natural that we're a resource for LEO-specific training for instructors who then go on to train officers in their home districts. Since 1960, the NRA has trained more than 55,000 law enforcement firearm instructors—an incredible 13,000 of whom are currently active. Our instruction is provided by active and former police officers, so it's tailored to the needs of LEOs. Our courses are continually updated with the most cutting-edge techniques so that LEOs have all the tools they need to stay safe in the field. Because NRA is a non-profit organization, we're able to offer this training for significantly less than for-profit schools; our 2017 rates are just $645. Click here for our training schedule, eligibility requirements and equipment requirements. We also offer training materials and manuals for purchase; click here to see what's available!
2. Benefits The NRA offers a variety of special insurance benefits and scholarships for LEOs who are NRA members and their families. One is automatic; the NRA offers a $35,000 benefit to the next of kin for any public LEO killed in the line of duty who was an active NRA member at the time of his or her passing. Another automatic benefit is the Jeanne E. Bray Scholarship, which offers a $2,500 payout per semester (for up to eight semesters) for the children or dependents of current or retired LEOs who are active members, and the dependents and children of LEOs killed in the line of duty who were active members at the time of their passing. Retired LEOs can also opt for NRA's Endorsed Insurance Program, which offers discounted self-defense coverage for retired law enforcement officers and off-duty police officers with NRA membership, starting for only $50 a year. We also offer liability insurance for NRA-certified law-enforcement instructors. Click here for more details on NRA benefits for LEOs and their families.
3. Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award
Since 1993, NRA's Law Enforcement Division has recognized exceptional acts or service by LEOs with the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award. The NRA Officer of the Year receives coverage in NRA Publications and an engraved firearm from Smith & Wesson. We accept nominations from anyone who can attest to the LEO's outstanding service. For more information, click here for the NRA Officer of the Year Nomination Formor call (703) 267-1649.
4. Competitions The National Police Shooting Championships (NPSC) is held each year in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is open to law-enforcement professionals from all over the world. It's not an invitation-only match, and you don't have to be a High Master to shoot; in fact, you don't even have to have competed in a NRA Police Pistol Combat Tournament or hold a Police Pistol Combat (PPC) classification. The 2017 match will be held September 18 through 20—click here for more information!
5. Free Newsletter NRA's Law Enforcement Division offers a free quarterly newsletter with all the latest information on the division's activities and what we can do to help you. You can sign up to have it delivered to you, or just visit our website and download the .pdf whenever you like. Click here for more information!