Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

***UPDATED 3/1/2024***

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) is pleased to offer H.R. 218 – (Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act) for MCPD retirees. This training is only offered to those officers who have retired from MCPD and who meet the standards set forth by the law.

Current MCPD officers who know their retirement date:
As soon as you know your retirement date, you are encouraged to register for an available LEOSA class that is within 60 days of the retirement date. Classes fill up, so please register as far in advance as possible. While you may attend the LEOSA qualification class as an active officer, your card will not be issued until your actual retirement date. This is due to the application approval process for newly retired officers.  

The LEOSA Class Registration Process:
To request registration to attend a LEOSA qualification class, refer to the schedule below and email your requested date and time to the following email address:
[email protected]

2024 LEOSA Class Dates:
Classes are limited to 13 students per session.
March:           Friday the 29 th at 0800 and 1200 hours
April:              No classes (recruit rotations)
May:               Friday the 10 th at 0800 and 1200 hours
June:               Friday the 14 th at 0800 and 1200 hours
July:                 Friday the 26 th at 0800 and 1200 hours
August:          Friday the 30 th at 0800 and 1200 hours
September:  Friday the 13 th at 0800 and 1200 hours
October:        Friday the 18 th at 0800 and 1200 hours
November:   Friday the 29 th at 0800 and 1200 hours
December:   Friday the 13 th at 0800 and 1200 hours

  • Once the PSTA has confirmed your requested class date/time, please follow the application process as outlined in the next section.
The LEOSA Application Process:
The latest version of the LEOSA application is available for download here:
LEOSA Application
  • Your application must be received at least 30 days in advance but no sooner than 60 days prior to your qualification date. Because your application goes through a background check, it cannot be processed sooner than 60 days prior to your attendance. You may register for a class at any time you wish but are asked not to mail in your application prior to the sixty-day mark.
  • All applications must be completed, signed, notarized, and mailed to the below address:
MCPD Records Management Division
100 Edison Park Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

** Please indicate your requested date and time on your application. **
  • Once approved by records, it will be sent to IAD (if applicable) for approval and then returned to the PSTA for final administrative approval.
  • If the above steps are not completed before the qualification date you will be rescheduled or asked not to attend.
  • You will only be contacted if there is an issue with your application. Please do not email the PSTA to check on the status of your application.
Attending Qualification/Class:

PSTA Indoor Range
8751 Snouffer School Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

You must arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time.  Those people arriving late will be turned away. If there is a change or class cancellation due to scheduling or inclement weather, you will be notified as soon as possible.
You must bring your MCP retirement ID and a current driver’s license or other form of official government identification. If you need a new retired ID badge please click on this link .

The Public Safety Training Academy is a secure facility. When you arrive, advise security that you are there for LEOSA. Proceed to the lobby area and wait for range staff. You may bring your weapon inside the building with you; but it must be holstered/concealed or secured in a bag/case.
  • LEOSA participants shoot a course of fire comparable to that of the current department qualification course. These courses are more challenging than the past LEOSA qualification course but is a realistic barometer of competency.
  • This new course may require some additional practice before attending the qualification date and it is suggested that you practice reloading your handgun prior to your scheduled LEOSA qualification date.

Range Requirements – What You Need to Bring to Qualifications:

    a)  Holster must cover the trigger and trigger guard and allows for reholstering a handgun with one hand. FTU highly recommends that you bring a strong-side, belt mounted outside the waistband type holster, made of kydex or similar material.
2)  PROHIBITED:  The following types of holsters are  NOT  allowed at the MCP Range: Fanny packs, in-the-waist appendix carry, cross draw, small of the back, ankle, shoulder or stretch (belly) band.
    a)  Each qualification course requires 50 rounds, and you will need extra for misfires, malfunctions or if you fail to qualify on your first attempt.
     a)  There are mandatory timed reloads during the courses of fire.
5)  You must wear long pants. A ballcap is also recommended.
6)  Eye/ear protection will be provided for you but feel free to bring your own.
7)  It is HIGHLY suggested that you have a belt mounted magazine/speed loader pouch to assist in your required reloads during the course. Please make sure you are familiar with all your gear and the operation of your weapon.
8)  Pistol Mounted Optics/Red Dot Sights ARE allowed.

If you have any questions, they can be emailed to: [email protected] and someone will get back to you.

Thank you,
Montgomery County Police Department
Firearms Training Unit