Plymouth and Maple Grove Collaborate on New Firearms Facility
Plymouth police officers have a new firearms training facility thanks to a partnership between the Plymouth and Maple Grove police departments. The new facility opened on Jan. 8.
Under a new joint powers agreement between the cities of Plymouth and Maple Grove, the recently renovated Maple Grove firearms range will now serve as the training facility for both cities’ police departments.
Police officers must periodically go through firearms training and practice. The new facility meets an array of training needs for Plymouth, according to Plymouth Police Chief Mike Goldstein. These include providing training space, equipment, classroom space, secure storage and priority scheduling.
“We made this choice after weighing a number of options,” said Goldstein. Travel time for officers, state-of-the-art equipment and priority scheduling were some of the important issues that made the new Maple Grove facility the best option. “This facility is a giant step up for our department,” said Goldstein. “It will provide more advanced training than was possible at our old facility,” he added. Officers previously trained in the basement of a Plymouth fire station.
As a member of the joint powers agreement, the City of Plymouth will share in the cost of the new training facility. Plymouth’s cost in 2013 is expected to be approximately $50,000. Revenues generated by renting out the facility for other private or public use will help reduce the cost. There is also a possibility that other organizations would join the joint powers agreement, further reducing the annual cost for each member. “Such a decision would be balanced with our goal of maintaining priority usage for training for our department,” said Goldstein.
The Plymouth and Maple Grove police departments have worked together in a number of law enforcement efforts. “The firearms range will be one more opportunity to further the existing collaborative efforts that our police departments share and enjoy,” said Goldstein.