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Firearms Training Unit (FTU)

The Texas Department of Public Safety Firearms Training Unit (FTU) oversees pistol, shotgun and rifle training for all DPS Trooper Trainees and State Troopers. The FTU also provides training for Federal, State and local agencies. The FTU has successfully hosted and trained international law enforcement partners through a U.S. State Department program.

The FTU's goal is to stay up to date with new trends but also meet rigorous quality standards regarding weapons, firearm accessories and ammunition before a decision is made to adopt into service with the Department. Upon adoption, the FTU continues this research with extensive field testing to ensure the weapons issued to commissioned personnel adhere to all Department, State and national standards.