Firearms and Weapons Training

Man with ear protectors aims a rifle

Currently, in-house training is led by Lieutenant Matthew Dear who has extensive instructor training in the field of Law Enforcement. He is a Law Enforcement firearms instructor, TASER, and expandable baton instructor for our agency.

Our officers qualify annually with their handguns, patrol rifles, and shotguns. Lieutenant Dear coordinates the firearm, TASER, and baton qualifications and re-qualification.

Officer David Lopez also completed a TASER and expandable baton instructor course. We certify not only our own staff but offer the training to area agencies.

Continuing Education and Training

A group of people sit in a training session

Several Officers on the Taser X26. Peace Officers in Texas are regulated by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. The state mandates that each officer receive a minimum of 40 hours of training during each 2-year cycle. Members of the Lytle Police Department routinely receive training far in excess of the state-mandated minimum. Our citizen’s deserve a staff that is trained above the "minimum" standards. Financial support from the city allows our staff to attend advanced law enforcement training. In turn we can provide a higher level of service to our citizens.

We accomplish this by:

  • Attending training classes and seminars ranging from the local academies in San Antonio to locations all across the state. (Common destinations include Austin, Houston, Longview, Kilgore, and Laredo.)
  • Attending classes hosted by area agencies
  • In-house training conducted by our own staff
  • Hosting training at our facility (Bringing in outside instructors and classes)