(Dublin, OH) – The City of Dublin Division of Police is unveiling a recently renovated indoor firing range and new police cruisers at an open house for area law enforcement agencies on Friday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The newly renovated 41 foot x 75 foot rifle capable indoor firing range features expanded training capabilities, LED dimmable lighting, light and sound simulation, a wireless rail system, state-of-the-art Range Master 10K computer system, rubberized walls made from recycled rubber and foam ceiling. This $445,000 capital improvement project was initiated in 2010 with a needs assessment focused on core training, safety, sustainability and efficiency.
Project manager Corporal Tim Hosterman said the wireless rail system replaced a wired, pulley rail system saving the Division maintenance costs, maximizing training time and training capabilities.
With 10 training opportunities a year, Hosterman said the upgraded firing range provides officers a “situation simulated” environment that can be programmed from the new computer software and light/sound system. The granulated recycled rubber trap and rubberized walls offer a much cleaner, quieter, safer and greener firing range with minimal dust fragmentation.
Hosterman said Dublin is offering other agencies use of the firing range for their training needs for a fee.
“Our new system allows instructors to spend more time with officers on the training floor rather than the observation booth, improving safety and increasing training effectiveness,” said Dublin Police Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg. “With decades of combined experience, our range officers are dedicated to providing the best resources available to Dublin Officers and our peers from neighboring jurisdictions.”
New Cruisers Replace Crown Victorias
According von Eckartsberg the Division began researching new options for future vehicles in August 2011 when Ford announced they would no longer be manufacturing the Crown Victoria model.
Von Eckartsberg assigned a committee to research, test and evaluate vehicle options. The decision was made to purchase three Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicles as the new standard Patrol cruiser and two Ford Interceptor Utility SUVs as the Division’s new standard SUV Patrol vehicles.
The committee considered criteria such as: officer comfort, ergonomics, drive train (AWD vs. RWD), overall cost, handling, fuel economy, maintenance costs, and the accessibility to aftermarket components. The cruiser committee also met with the manufacturer’s representatives, researched other agencies who currently use these vehicles, and conducted intensive driving evaluations of each vehicle at the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy’s low/high speed driving track in London, Ohio.
Both models are backed by a manufacturer’s five year/100,000 mile warranty. The overall costs compares very favorably with current vehicles, making these choices economical and cost effective for the City of Dublin.
The new vehicles also display a new City of Dublin graphics package and the Division of Police core values of Pride, Integrity, Respect and Professionalism.
About the City of Dublin, Ohio USA
Dublin, Ohio, the city that’s “greener,” offers residents and corporate citizens responsive government services, attractive housing, superior public education, direct regional highway access, 120 miles of underground optical fiber network, abundant park space and a dynamic community life. Located just minutes from Ohio’s capital city of Columbus, Dublin is a desirable place for business, raising a family or enjoying professional sporting events and renowned attractions. More information about the City of Dublin at www.DublinOhioUSA.gov
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