Police confirm plans for £16m firearms training center

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Plans have been revealed for a new firearms training center for West Mercia Police

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said the center would be built at the force’s headquarters in Worcestershire.

The proposal, which would cost £16.74million and take around three years to build, is subject to planning permission.

The center will include a 50-meter indoor shooting range, a training area at the building research center and a training school with classrooms.

West Mercia Police said they needed access to a facility of a certain standard in order to maintain compliance with national standards for officer training.

A statement said: “This is essential to ensure the force can call on the full range of high quality policing services when needed in local communities.

“This investment is part of a broader long-term policing plan, ensuring that West Mercia Police have the right resources in place and that efficiencies are achieved to reinvest in the delivery of front-line service.”

Mr Campion said the center would ensure that training for officers was of the highest standard.

He said: “Fortunately, West Mercia is a low crime area where the deployment of firearms by police is relatively rare, but this new state-of-the-art facility is essential to ensuring that West Mercia Police can continue to provide security. community safety.

“Police firearms training is rightly undertaken to exceptionally high standards in Western Mercia.

“This facility will ensure that these high standards can be upheld for generations to come.

“As custodian of the police domain, I am committed to ensuring that it receives the right level of investment and is aligned with operational needs.

“This state-of-the-art facility is the right, once-in-a-generation investment in police firearms training in West Mercia.”

West Mercia Police Chief Constable Pippa Mills said the development was vital for the future formation of the force.

She said: “We welcome the investment in our firearms training center which reinforces our commitment to providing excellent service and keeping our communities safe.

“As the public would rightly expect, firearms officers are trained to exceptionally high standards and it is essential that we can continue to do so with modern facilities fit for purpose and suitably equip our officers. to meet the challenges of armed policing.”

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