I am sad to report it is true !
The majority of todays LEO's handle a pistol for the first time when they go to the academy.
Firearms training is a black hole to too many police chiefs, overtime and cost of ammo has further reduced this skill set. Lack of a range nearby has become an ever increasing issue. Basic state POST requirements are met but seldom exceeded.
Departments with ranges do not have the luxury of handing out ammo for practice like they used to . Shotgun training is often once a year...patrol carbines a little better.
Smart LEO's get into the skill set by enjoying local civilian shooting sports to hone their skills.
If you are a member of a local gun club/range, encourage LEO's to become participants...they are a fun group !