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Active Assailant Preparation Program


Active Assailant Preparation Program


The PCSO Active Assailant Preparation Program includes the Concealed Weapons Permit class required by the FL Dept of Agriculture AND best practices on how to prepare for, prevent, or respond to an active assailant.

This program is taught by highly trained PCSO law enforcement professionals. It provides the requirements directed by the Florida Department of Agriculture as part of an application to obtain a concealed weapons permit; and an overview of active shooter incidents and best practices about how to prepare for, prevent and respond to an active assailant at your church, business, or another venue. 

The "Run, Hide, Fight" training model will be covered, including tactics and strategies of what to do when law enforcement arrives. Instructors will also discuss the potential role of Florida concealed weapon license holders and the legal justification of "lethal engagement" with an active assailant.

**This class will include firearm use or training and is taught by instructors at the PCSO Burnham-McCall Training Center. 

Cost of the class is $45; proceeds go to Polk Sheriff's Charities, Inc., and the cost is non-refundable.

The concealed weapon permit class is from 8:00 a.m. to noon, followed by a one-hour lunch break. The active assailant preparation training follows from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Once the program is completed, the student will receive a certificate of completion, to include in their permit application. Each student will also receive an application packet with instructions on how to apply, through the Florida Department of Agriculture.


Students shall not wear loose hanging clothing and shall wear close-toed shoes. Each student will be required to provide the following: 

1- A modern manufacture firearm capable of using modern ammunition.
2- 50 rounds of clean modern manufacture ammunition for the firearm that is brought.
3- Modern manufacture protective eye-wear designed for a shooting environment.
4- Modern manufacture hearing protection designed for a shooting environment.  
5- Adequate sun protection. (i.e. hat, long-sleeved shirt, sunscreen)
6- Adequate hydration for extended outdoor activity. 

Any questions about this course shall be directed to Brenda Wilkinson or Mederican Warner at 863-298-6242, during normal office hours.
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