The firing range will be completely redone. The area itself will be stabilized, and new rotating targets will be installed. But the big news is they will also be getting a state of the art computerized fire arms training simulator. It sounds fancy, and it is.
The simulator is a computer generated, real-world like environment where officers attempt to maintain control during simulated confrontations.
Tabitha Pugh, the police departments Public Information Officer, says everyone from the SWAT Team to the Patrol Division will benefit from the technology.
" Inside is going to be a 360 degree screen. Thee will be a person in the back that is controlling the simulator," Pugh explained.
The officers will be presented with various different situations that need to be brought under control.
" There person behind there--that is controlling all of this-- is going to be able to control whether or not the subject escalates or if the subject is able to calm down from the offices commands."
Pugh says the hope is that this new technology will make for a more well-rounded officer.
All of the upgrades will paid for through a series of Justice Assistance Grants that the department has been awarded, except for the new building itself. That, Pugh says, will be bid out to different construction companies.
A time-table has not been established for when the project will begin but according to Pugh they are now simply waiting for the bidding process to begin.