Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

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.

LEOSA Handgun Certification Procedures :

  • You will need to complete the LEOSA application (MCP 322) and forward to the OSC at the academy at least 30 days in advance of your qualification date (upcoming retirees contact the OSC for more information).  Please note on the application form what session time you prefer - 8:00 am or noon
    • Plan accordingly! Please note that if your application is not approved and in the administrative office before your scheduled qualification date then your card will be delayed. The OSC will make every effort to issue your card on your qualification day (provided you pass).  If this is not possible then your card will be mailed to you.
  • Choose a firearm qualification date from the dates below and call the Public Safety Academy to schedule: 240-773-6900

    2023 LEOSA Firearm Qualification Dates:

    1/13, 2/24, 3/10, 4/28, 5/12, 6/23, 7/14, 7/28, 9/8, 10/27, 11/17, 12/22


    Qualification Day Information

    Time: There are two sessions per day with a start time of: 8:00 am and 12:00 pm (noon)
    **You must arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time.  Those people arriving late may be turned away!

    Where: All qualifications will be held at:
    The Indoor Range
    Public Safety Training Academy
    8751 Snouffer School Road
    Gaithersburg, MD

  • 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 with you. You will place your weapon inside of a lockbox during the classroom instruction.
  • If there is a change or class cancellation you will be notified as soon as possible.
  • Note: Major qualification changes began on April 1, 2020 – The Department has been mandated by MPCTC to have LEOSA participants shoot a course of fire MORE comparable to that of the current department qualification course. We have designed a NEW, 50 round “off duty” qualification course that accounts for reduced capacity magazines or revolver shooters. This course is 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.
  • If you need a new retired ID badge please click on this link: Appointments page, Montgomery County Police, Montgomery County, MD (

Range Requirements – What You Need To Bring to Qualifications

  1. YOU MUST BRING A GOOD QUALITY BELT HOLSTER that allows reholstering a handgun with one hand - no fanny packs, cross draw, shoulder holsters or stretch band holsters.
  2. YOU MUST BRING ENOUGH AMMUNITION - MINIMUM OF 100 ROUNDS IN CASE OF MISFIRES OR MALFUNCTONS - WE DO NOT SUPPLY AMMUNITION - Effective April 2020, the Day light and Low light qualification is 50 round courses each for a total of 100 rounds. 
  3. YOU MUST BRING 3 MAGAZINES FOR A SEMI-AUTOMATIC PISTOL AND SPEED LOADER FOR REVOLVERS - There is a mandatory timed reload in the course of fire.
  5. Eye/ear protection will be provided for you but feel free to bring your own.
  6. In an effort to continue to meet federal law and MPCTC guidelines, the Department is advising all shooters to bring a magazine pouch.