Mayor Buckhorn, Tampa Police to Break Ground on Firearms Training Facility

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Mayor Buckhorn and members of the Tampa Police Department will join community leaders to break ground on the new Tampa Police Department Firearms Training Facility on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. The new training facility will be located at 116 S. 34th Street, and the groundbreaking ceremony is open to the public.  (Please enter via the McKay Bay Scalehouse. Drive through the bypass lane and south to the site.)

"The new firearms training facility is much needed. By avoiding the drive, it will keep our officers out on our streets, and what’s even better is that the bad guys are the ones paying for the construction," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "To the extent that we can train our officers for what actually happens out on the streets, the safer our officers and by extension, the community will be as well."

Tampa Police Department has not had a firearms training facility in over 20 years. Today, officers drive over an hour to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office facility in Lithia. This range and training facility will ensure that our officers have the best available facility to prepare them to protect and serve the citizens of Tampa.

The outdoor firing range will have 40 shooting lanes and will be enclosed by three walls, with baffle roofing that will prevent bullets from straying outside the range. In addition to the shooting range, there will be a classroom, office space as well as a shoot house that will showcase moveable walls, enabling the officers to simulate a variety of real-life scenarios. All rounds discharged will be recycled through an eco-friendly, automatic lead containment system.

The City of Tampa has also done two acoustic studies in order to minimize any impact to the surround areas as well as to the officers who are training at the facility. In addition to the facility’s strategic placement, noise mitigation material will be constructed on the interior part of the range at the highest noise producing area, approximately 25 yards from the targets.

Construction on the new training facility is anticipated to be complete in November 2015 and will be done by Integra Construction Group of Tampa.  It will cost $5.4 million, and is being funded by the Law Enforcement Trust Fund, which is money seized from drug dealers and other felons. 

For additional information, please contact: 
Ali Glisson, Public Affairs Director
(813) 274-8262