The HF LearnSafety Firearms & Security Training Center in New Milford will offer several courses in the coming weeks.

The Connecticut Security Officer Guard Card and Blue Card armed security officer employment course are held weekly .

The eight-hour individual, one-day classes are required for the licensing of security guards in Connecticut.

The Security Officer Guard Card class is the pre-employment course.

Individuals who would like to become an armed security officer must complete the eighth-hour Security Officer Armed Blue Card class also and hold a Connecticut pistol permit

For veterans, these courses and the annual blue card re-certification class through HFLS, are 100 percent reimbursable for qualifying veterans under the GI Bill and Department of Veterans Affairs.

A class, Fundamentals of Handcuffing, OC Spray and Police Baton Training, is conducted quarterly.

This is a nine-hour, one-day basic course on the types, styles, applications and carry techniques of handcuffs, batons and o.c. irritant sprays for security officers, animal control officers, bail enforcement agents and correctional officers.

The course, which is in use at the Connecticut Police Academy and taught by Herb Furhman, includes a review of the legitimate use of force as embodied in constitutional, state statutes and case law.

Attending sworn police officers will be given Connecticut Police POST credits.

Dates are listed at

Connecticut Bail Enforcement Agent Criminal Justice and BEA Firearms courses are taught monthly.

The two courses are required for those who wish to become bail enforcement agents (bounty hunters) in Connecticut and for bail bondsmen and bail enforcement agents who wish to carry a firearm.

Students will bring their firearm and ammunition to the firearm class for qualification and certification through the Connecticut State Police.

Students will learn about federal and state case laws and the legitimate uses of force to apprehend those who are wanted by the courts and bail bondsman.

Annual recertification classes for armed bail enforcement agents are also provided.

A firearm cleaning and safety clinic will be held March 17 from 9 to 11 a.m.

An American Red Cross first aid, CPR and AED course will be held March 26.

The eight-hour program is a two-year certification course for community residents and health services personnel.

A basic pistol safety training course is offered at the center.

With the in-classroom and live-fire at-the-range course, students will learn shooting fundamentals, state and federal firearms laws, pistol parts and operation, ammunition, and gun-safety principles.

A written examination in addition to a live-fire range qualification is conducted at each program.

For more information on classes, registration and more, call the 315 Litchfield Road center at 203-947-4327 or visit