Each year, U.S. law enforcement officers at the local, state, and federal level are killed or wounded in the line of duty, proof-positive that policing is a very dangerous profession. Even seemingly routine arrest warrant situations or domestic disturbance calls can turn deadly in an instant. With the safety of all officers in mind, the FBI designed its Law Enforcement Training for Safety and Survival (LETSS) Program in 1992.

The LETSS training is designed to give officers the skills and mindset required to identify and handle critical situations in high-risk environments. Basis survival techniques taught include hallway and stairway movement, room entry, clearing techniques, subject control, and handgun skills. Other sessions include: mental and physical preparation, arrest planning, ballistic shield deployment, low light operations, and use of motor vehicles in arrest situations.

This historic film depicts survival tactics taught to police officers. A basic rule for survival against hostile fire is to take cover. Defensive firearms training that includes technical skills and target practice survival skills for law enforcement agents. These fundamentals are timeless.


The FBI works to enhance the criminal justice system’s effectiveness and efficiency at all levels—national, state, county, and municipal. One of the key ways the FBI does this is by serving as a national focal point for criminal justice information by providing accurate and timely services to local, state, federal, and international law enforcement organizations, the private sector, academia, and other government agencies.

 Since the mid-1930s, special agents have been authorized to carry firearms. Agents rarely fire their weapons in real-life situations, but they must be experts with firearms when they leave the Academy and must maintain their skills throughout their careers. Today, agents in training must qualify with a Bureau-issued handgun and shotgun. For the handgun, students must shoot a minimum of 80 percent or better on two of three record attempts on the qualification course. The cumulative score must average 80 percent or better on all three record attempts.

For the shotgun, trainees must shoot a minimum of 80 percent or better on one of two record attempts. The students must also demonstrate familiarity with the Bureau submachine gun and the Bureau carbine. Agent trainees fire approximately 3,900 rounds of ammunition during their 20 weeks at the Academy. They also participate in drills using simulated firearms training equipment—much like a sophisticated video game—that tests their ability to make split-second decisions in life-or-death situations.

This video is a re-upload of a previously uploaded film with improved video & sound. Public domain film from the US National Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied. from http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/pub…