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Compromise reached on APD firearms tests

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Police commanders in Atlanta have agreed to meet officers halfway in order to resolve a dispute over firearms training.

FOX 5 has previously reported on complaints that new weapons tests are seen as being unfair. Nearly 10 percent of the force has failed the more demanding test, which has more shooting scenarios and less time given to find and hit a target.

Veteran officers have complained to FOX 5 that the department expects them to pass the test without being able to see the course first.

Major Jeff Glazier of the Atlanta Police Department said that he's heard those complaints and is making a change.

"What we're trying to do is we're trying to solve this problem on the front end. We don't want people to fail," said Major Jeff Glazier of the Atlanta Police Department.

Glazier said that officers will now be allowed to see the course.

"I think if they fail after that, it will tell us that they simply don't have those basic fundamentals that they need," Glazier said.

Glazier defended the need for increased standards.

"Well, if you think about it, we're talking about deadly force. I mean, this is the highest level of force that a police officer can use. He can take someone's life," Glazier said.

When an officer fails the firearms test, it has an impact on police coverage in neighborhoods. That's because the officer has to sit for 45 days before he or she can take the exam again.

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