Backup & Secondary Weapons Selection / Off Duty Survival Protocols

These lessons are approved for in-service credits in the state of Maryland by the Maryland Police Training Commission.

Course Location:

This is a virtual course, offered online only and available to registered users of the Officer Virtual Academy at all times.

Course Description:

This course of instruction discusses the concerns, pros and cons of secondary weapons. It also reviews considerations for off-duty weapons. Given that off-duty weapons are covered, the follow on portion of the course examines typical concerns for off-duty survival protocols. This course discusses what equipment should be carried; outlook toward off-duty response; developing plans and properly communicating while engaged in off-duty activities.

If there are any questions with regard to the content, please contact the instructor:
Lt. Frank Borelli via email to


There are no prerequisites for attending this program.

About the Instructors

Lt. Frank Borelli – LE Instructor / Editorial Director
With over 35 years of operational experience and more than 30 years of instructional experience, Lt. Borelli has taught programs involving firearms, defensive tactics, officer survival, active shooter response and more to officers from all levels of government to include city, county, state, federal and military. He remains active in law enforcement, continually training and being trained to keep his skills up to date and sharp. 

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Course Includes

  • 4 Lessons
  • 1 Quiz
  • Course Certificate