To timer or not to timer?

#1
Recently, our firearms instructor has begun timing everything on the range. Quals, cold starts, B8's and even shoothouse/room clearing stuff. (I say that loosely as our "shoothouse" resembles more of a competition stage with doorways.) Timing more scenario driven shooting has sort of rubbed me the wrong way as the timer is stressed and not necessarily proper tactics. I totally get using the shot timer as a tool to have quantifiable data on fundamentals, but am I wrong for being frustrated by the fact that this training (in my mind) compromises officer safety? Rather, DOES it compromise officer safety? Am I missing something?
Background: I'm a State registered armed security officer at a small university. I shoot around 3-400 a month through my duty weapon.
Training officer: Retired LE and current MIL, but rather old school in both mentality and teaching.
 
#2
If you're not compromising safety and good technique a timer is a great way to obtain a base line and chart improvement.

If you start chasing "better times" it can impede both safety and technique. I've seen it done, and done it myself.
 

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#4
Pat McNamara discuses "performance" based training verses "outcome" based training in his books and classes...

Outcome: How many, how fast...

Performance: Training utilizing proper technique and ensuring proper accuracy standards, then looking at how long on the timer it took to accomplish, using as measuring stick for yourself...

I started training and practicing with a timer about two years ago, but I changed my goals and process to the performance way after reading TAPS and taking a class. IMO, this is a much better way of training as it doesn't encourage the shooter to worry about time over everything else.
 
#5
I use a timer ALOT in my training.
But Nightchief is right.
When I took Pat Macs class the performance based vs outcome based was a better way of doing things.
That being said...some things need to be timed so you have a measurable skill.
Measure yourself....train on said skillset focusing on performance with no clock...then measure again..improvement?