CSSO Syllabus

Training Outline

Introduction of Instructors and training outline (expectations of students)

Weapons safety brief  1 Hrs

  1. 4 Rules of gun safety

Guns and Gear 2 Hrs

  1. Weapons nomenclature
  2. Cleaning and maintenance
  3. Weapon Storage
  4. Pistol nomenclature
  5. Storage and methods of carry
  6. Choosing the correct gear

Pre-Shooting Training 6 Hrs

  1. Dry fire exercises
  2. Holster drills
  3. Movement drills
  4. Reloads
  5. Clearing stoppages
  6. Range procedures and range safety

Live Fire Training 16 Hrs

  1. Fundamentals of firearms
  2. Practice and evaluation
  3. Drawing the pistol
  4. Clearing Malfunctions
  5. Speed and Accuracy drills
  6. Tactical and emergency reloading
  7. Moving and Shooting
  8. Pistol qualification (CLEST Model course of fire)
  9. Shoot/Don't shoot drills
  10. Hostage drill

Legal 1 Hrs

  1. Legal authority of CSSOs
  2. Classification of crimes
  3. Arrests and detentions

The law and use of force 4 Hrs

  1. Non-deadly force / Deadly force
  2. Civil penalties /Criminal penalties
  3. Case studies and discussion
  4. Common crimes encountered  
  5. Appropriate actions for CSSOs
  6. Company/site/account specific legal issues
  7. Relevant statutes and case law
  8. Discussion about fleeing individuals
  9. Discussion of the criminal ramifications of firing a warning shot


Field note taking 1 Hr

  1. Importance and purpose
  2. Content, format and grammar
  3. Practical exercises
  4. Instructor review and critique

Report writing 1 Hrs

  1. Importance and purpose
  2. Content, format and grammar
  3. Practical exercises
  4. Instructor review and critique

Qualifications for CSSOs 1 Hrs

  1. Rule and regulations and requirements
  2. Fees, renewals and minimum qualifications
  3. Training requirements, reporting requirements 
  4. Penalties for violations

Fingerprinting and Photos of CSSO students 1 Hr

Written test 1 Hr

Defensive Tactics 2 Hrs

  1. Strikes, kicks, and blocks
  2. Weapon retention/disarming techniques (attacks and defense to the holstered and drawn gun)
  3. Handcuffing techniques
  4. Joint manipulation

First Aid (self and buddy aid) 4 Hrs

  1. Trauma Care
  2. Wound management pertaining to active shooter situations
  3. CPR

ALERRT Training 16 Hrs

  1. Case studies of active shootings
  2. Mindset and response to active shooters
  3. Individual site response planning (building room considerations)
  4. Movement with weapons
  5. Room entry

Active Shooter Simulations Air soft with role players 10 Hrs

Shoot/don’t shoot drills

Dealing with LEO during an active shooter

Rapid situational awareness and correct decision making.