William Leanos, Statewide Program Coordinator

William (Bill) Leanos is the statewide coordinator and liaison for the Municipal Police Training Committee's Firearms Training.  Bill is responsible for oversight of the Firearms programs for recruit officer courses in MPTC and MPTC authorized police academies, instructor certification and development, and is tasked with evaluating training programs and standards and making recommendations for changes.

Bill's contact information: Cell: 978.375.6958 | E:mail: wleanosfac@yahoo.com / Mailing Address: 519 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930 

Dan Zivkovich, Executive Director / Office: 781.437.0301 / E-mail: Daniel.Zivkovich@MassMail.state.ma.us

MPTC CONCEALED CARRY / BACK UP GUN QUALIFICATION COURSE  pdf format of CONCEALED CARRY / BACK UP GUN QUALIFICATION

PURPOSE: The purpose of this course of fire is to evaluate the officer’s ability to operate a concealed carry or back up handgun and to serve as a qualification course of fire.

MPTC Shotgun Qualification 25 RDS W/time limits  pdf format of MPTC Shotgun Qualification 25 RDS W/time limits

Fundamentals: This course of fire incorporates the fundamentals of shotgun operation and marksmanship including loading, putting the shotgun into operation, firing from different positions, tactical reloading (topping off/put back what you shoot), downloading and unloading. Additionally, officers will use good tactical fundamentals such as verbal commands, scanning, use of cover and movement.

MPTC Instructor Training Application  pdf format of MPTC Instructor Training Application

An application to apply for an MPTC train-the-trainer, instructor certification or re-certification training required for MPTC instructors.

MPTC Firearms Instructor Certification Level Requirements

Level I Firearms Instructor

Level I Instructors provide training within their respective departments or to other departments but do not instruct for the MPTC.

Re-authorization: 

Every three (3) years Level I Firearms Instructors must be re-authorized by the 31st of the third year. Please contact Lieutenant William Leanos, MPTC Statewide Firearms Coordinator for Re-authorization at Cell: 978.375.6958 | E:mail: wleanosfac@yahoo.com

If an instructor's authorization is expired four (4) years from the date of expiration, the officer will be required to attend a 12 Day Level I Program.  If an officer has a legitimate issue such as deployment or sickness a written explanation must be submitted and the officer must attend the next available re-authorization date.


Level II MPTC Firearms Instructor

Level II MPTC Firearms Instructors are authorized to teach any firearms Level I program and Basic Reserve Intermittent Firearms Program. Level II MPTC Firearms Instructors may assist at a Recruit Academy Firearms Programs or at a Firearms Re-certification Training with Level III Instructors.  Level II firearms instructors may be certified to teach for the MPTC at academies and other MPTC Instructor programs or they may choose to remain authorized to teach at the department level only.

Prerequisites:

1. Must be a Level I Firearms Instructor

2. Shall have a minimum documented 4 years’ experience with minimum of Sixteen (16) Hrs. per year actively teaching.

3. Shall attend a one day Certification program

Note:  If assisting with recruit level firearms or Firearms Re-certification Program they must submit an Instructor Certification Application pdf format of MPTC Instructor Certification Application
to the MPTC Instructor Certification Manager for approval. 

Re-Authorization:

Bill Leanos, MPTC Firearms Coordinator Cell: 978.375.6958 | E:mail: wleanosfac@yahoo.com | Mailing Address: 519 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930 


1. Re-Authorization is every year expiring on December 31st of the year of expiration.

 
2. Document Sixteen (16) hrs. of instruction each year and submit documentation to MPTC Firearms Coordinator


3. Shall attend a one day Level II Firearms Instructor course each year related to Use of Force or Firearms.


4. Level II Firearms Instructor course Certificate of Completion must be submitted to MPTC Firearms Coordinator

 
Note:  If instructor misses the expiration they will still fall under Level I requirements. If Instructor is expired more than 3 years they must repeat the above


Certified versus Authorized Firearms Instructors:

  • Certified instructors have completed all the requisite firearms instructor training courses and have applied for and received an instructor certification through the MPTC’s Instructor Certification Manager.
  • Authorized instructors have completed all the requisite firearms instructor training courses but have NOT applied for instructor certification through the MPTC’s Instructor Certification Manager.


Level III Firearms Instructor:  

Level III MPTC Certified Firearms Instructors are the Lead Firearms Instructors for the MPTC. Level III MPTC Certified Firearms Instructors are authorized to teach MPTC Authorized Firearms Curriculum are authorized to re-qualify MPTC Level I & II Firearms Instructors.

Level III Firearms Instructors are in charge of their classes and have the responsibility to ensure MPTC Authorized Firearms Curriculum is taught as designed and all proper paperwork is completed. They are also tasked with mentoring and evaluating Level II Firearms instructors as they assist with programs.  

NOTE:  At this time we are not showing a need for any more Level III Firearms Instructors.

Requirements:  

Certification:

    • Must successfully complete MPTC Level I, II & III Firearms Instructor Requirements.
    • Submit an instructor certification application to the MPTC’s Instructor Certification Manager.  The application can be found here: Instructor Development Training and Certification
    • The Instructor Certification Manager then verifies the instructor’s qualifications and credentials with the MPTC Statewide Firearms Coordinator.
    • All MPTC Firearms Instructor Certifications expire on December 31 of each year.

Recertification:

    • Recertification must be done on a yearly basis by reapplying to the MPTC Instructor Certification Manager to maintain certification to teach for the MPTC.
    • Attend firearms update each year
    • Document sixteen (16) hours of Lead Instruction each year and submit documentation to MPTC Firearms Coordinator.  At least eight (8) hours must be monitored by a Master Level Instructor
    • Attend a professional development course each year related to Use of Force or Firearms. A Certificate of Completion must be submitted to the MPTC Statewide Firearms Coordinator
    • Submit an instructor certification application to the MPTC’s Instructor Certification Manager.  The application can be found at [insert link here].
    • The Instructor Certification Manager then verifies the instructor’s qualifications and credentials with the MPTC Statewide Firearms Coordinator.
    • All MPTC Firearms Instructor Certifications expire on December 31 of each year.

Authorization:

    • Must successfully complete MPTC Level I, II & III Firearms Instructor Requirements.
    • Email the required documentation to Bill Leanos, MPTC Statewide Firearms Coordinator at wleanosfac@yahoo.com to be brought before the MPTC Firearms Committee for a determination.  
    • All MPTC Firearms Instructor Authorizations expire on December 31 of each year.

Reauthorization:  

    • Reauthorization must be done on a yearly basis by the MPTC Firearms Statewide Coordinator to maintain qualification to teach MPTC Authorized Firearms programs.
    • Is received from Bill Leanos, MPTC Statewide Firearms Coordinator
    • Document sixteen (16) hours of Lead Instruction each year and submit documentation to MPTC Firearms Coordinator.  At least eight (8) hours must be monitored by a Master Level Instructor
    • Attend a professional development course each year related to Use of Force or Firearms. A Certificate of Completion must be submitted to the MPTC Statewide Firearms Coordinator
    • Attend firearms update each year

Note:  If an instructor misses their expiration, they will still fall under Level I requirements. If an instructor's certification is expired more than three (3) years the instructor must repeat all of the above requirements.

Minimum Standards for Handgun Requalification and Continual Training  pdf format of Minimum Standards for Handgun Requalification and Co...

Visit this link to learn more about the minimum standards required of all sworn municipal, University of Massachusetts, and environmental police officers in the Commonwealth, whether full-time, reserve, or intermittent.