Police Counter Sniper

Course Hours: 80.0 Hours

Course Description

This 80 hour course is designed for officers assigned as a counter sniper at their agency and is a revised/updated combination of the formerly offered Counter Sniper 1 and Counter Sniper 2. The course includes instruction on ballistics, effects of weather, shooting at varying distances, use of cover, rifle care and maintenance, maintaining a data book, and marksmanship skills with a precision rifle.  Other class topics include sniper team concept, deployment, intelligence gathering, field craft, communications, tactical considerations, and non-traditional shooting positions. Officers will participate in shooting exercises which feature moving target engagement, multiple targets, decision reaction problems, unconventional shooting positions and sniper hide building.  Rifles will not be provided; however, if an officer's rifle should break during the course loaner rifles are available.  Ammunition in calibers .223 and .308 will be furnished. If other calibers are used, officers should contact the course coordinator to see if their caliber is available to be furnished or how many rounds they should bring with them for class. This two week course is physically demanding and officers should be in good physical health.  In efforts to provide officers with "real world" scenarios in a training environment the last night of the class officers will be doing range exercises and stalking exercises through the night.  There will be a required rest period the following day for officers to be able to drive home after class safely.  


Must be Certified and Sworn Law Enforcement. On the first day of class, officers will be required to produce a letter from their agency confirming assignment as a counter sniper.

Who Should Attend

Officers who are assigned by their agency as a counter sniper.

Special Notes

Officers will need to bring a precision rifle with a magnified optic equipped with turrets that can be adjusted without use of a tool.  Officers will also need a rifle sling, cleaning supplies, urban and rural camouflage, eye protection, ear protection, hat with a brim and all related call out gear.  Officers who have available to them a shooting tri-pod should bring it with them.  The week 1 performance exam has a passing score of 80 out of 100 and a passing score is required for officers to return for week 2.  If a passing score of 80 is not achieved officers will be allowed to withdraw from the course and not be given a failing grade.  Officers who are not staying on campus should also bring a sleeping bag for the last day of class.  After the all night exercise attendees will be required to rest at the firearms complex on the last day of class before driving home.  

Start Date End Date Location (Hover for more information) Time Course Number Status
02/21/2022 03/04/2022 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. LPAA22105 Register
11/28/2022 12/09/2022 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon
02/20/2023 03/03/2023 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon
12/04/2023 12/15/2023 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon