The agency had collected data from only 25 percent of all police officers, according to the audit. However, that will no longer be the case, Sadler said. By June 30, 2014, the end of the training year, the DJCS will know who has and has not completed the firearms qualifications, he said.
The firearms qualification requires officers to fire a minimum of 32 rounds at a range of 3 to 15 yards with their primary service handgun. The officers must score 75 percent or better in low-light conditions to pass.
Once an officer completes the firearms qualifications, the information will upload into Acadis automatically.
The DJCS took a rare step in mailing memos to the state's 272 police agencies announcing the new system, Sadler said. The memo notified agencies that firearms qualifications would be tracked and enforced.
Before the change, there was a temptation for some agencies to not submit qualification data, Sadler said.
"Some agencies chose not to," he said, "because they knew no one was checking on it."
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