Upgrade Planned at State Police Firing Range

Will Start With Design Work For New Classroom Building

By JON LENDER, jlender@courant.com The Hartford Courant  December 5, 2010

The state police firing range in Simsbury would get a number of improvements under a plan scheduled to start with $150,000 in design work to prepare construction of a new classroom building, renovation of the existing range, and other enhancements.

State trooper cadets must undergo 156 hours of firearms training, from learning state laws and department policies to spending time on a firing range. Then, as troopers, they need to requalify every year, and their service weapons are subject to inspections monthly.

“I am pleased that we are moving ahead with upgrades to the training facility,” Gov. M. Jodi Rell said, adding that she expects the State Bond Commission to approve the $150,000 expenditure this week.

“No law enforcement officer ever wants to have to draw their weapon in the line of duty — but every officer knows it is a possibility at any moment. We owe it to the men and women who put their lives on the line for us to provide them with the finest training facilities possible,” Rell said.