As Retired Law Enforcement Officers and S1 State of Florida Firearm Instructors, we have recently learned that Retired Law Enforcement Officers who currently possess a Florida Class “G” license and possess a HR 218 card or entitled to carry a firearm under the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) aka HR 218, are not required to take the annual 4 hour “G” license training/qualification. However, all retired Law Enforcement Officers (RLEO) must shoot and qualify the 40 round course established by the (FDLE) Florida Department of Law Enforcement. This is the minimum standard course for Florida law enforcement officers and can only be administered by a Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) firearms instructor. If a security officer uses the HR 218 qualification to keep his “G” license current, he needs to time those qualifications to coincide with the dates he needs to shoot for his “G” license. This means one qualification for each of his two year “G” licensing period as required by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DOACS), Division of Licensing.
Upon successful completion of the 40 round course; the CJSTC firearms instructor will issue a CJSTC Firearms Proficiency Verification Card. The security office can either take or mail a front and back copy of that card to DOACS along with a note stating the card is being submitted in place of the DOACS Certificate of Firearms Proficiency. It is important that the security officer include his “G” license number in the note.