St. Pete Police Open Training Center
The property used to house the St. Petersburg Police Department firing range, but was torn down and replaced with a state-of-the-art building that uses solar energy for one-quarter of its daily lighting needs.
ST. PETERSBURG – The St. Petersburg Police Department has officially opened its multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art training center.
The center, 1845 13th Ave. N, is on land that once housed the department’s firing range. The range was torn down and replaced with the new center, which uses solar energy from its own photovoltaic system (27 solar panels) on the roof. It will provide 9,000 watts of power or about 25 percent of its daily lighting energy use.
The main building includes a simulation training room, a computer classroom, two additional multi-purpose classrooms, an armory, a tactical vehicle garage and storage. The newly added 12,700 sq. ft. firing range includes 10 lanes that can accommodate 25- yard or 50-yard shooting distances. Because of its size and accessibility, a portion of the range can also be used for full-tactical scenario training.
The center will house six full-time personnel who will coordinate pre- and post-academy cadet and newly hired officer classes. They will also conduct all in-service training, including firearm qualifications and classes required for state and national accreditation.
The total cost, including environmental clean-up, removal of contaminated soil, and lead remediation from the old Pistol Club, is $6.35 million. The funding for the Training Center was a non-property tax revenue note in n the amount of $6.2 million. The balance was transferred from the police headquarters project.
Photos from Friday’s (Dec. 14) ribbon cutting courtesy of the St. Petersburg Police Department.
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