RICHLAND, Wash - Richland Police Services will soon be getting an upgrade for their practice range.
Right now officers shoot at stationary wood targets. But a moving steel target system is on the way.
The new system will simulate moving criminals and will better prepare officers for real circumstances.
"Typically when an officer uses lethal force it's because someone is threatening them or using lethal force in their direction...in those cases, studies show that people are moving." Says Captain Randy Barnes of Richland Police Department.
The range will also get a new storage building. Grass will be planted and irrigation installed.
The project was funded by a one hundred fifty thousand dollar hotel- motel tax grant because the range will bring in tourism dollars.
"So you host a corporate sponsor that's gonna do some professional law enforcement training. We get people into that training at no charge, plus we don't have to have our people travel to attend the training...other people come in, they bring in tourism dollars and they add to the economy of our community and we get to utilize the facility. It's a win, win.!" He explains. The whole project should be complete within a year.