Mansfield Police Department Aiming To Get New Firing Range

  • 6/14/2017 5:38:02 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - The Mansfield Police Department is in need of a new firing range - and may have found a potential site to build one.

According to Mansfield Police Chief Kenneth Coontz, the department has been looking at building an entirely new range, because the renovation costs for the old range exceed the department's budget.

"Our current facility was found to have some issues with lead," Coontz said. "Of course, the building was built in the 1970s, so certainly the standards were much different than what they are today."

Estimated costs of renovating the building were between $650,000 and $1,000,000, an unfeasible cost for the city budget.

"We're hoping that putting up a shell of a building and getting some of the minimum requirements met may be cheaper than renovating what we have currently," said Coontz.

Mansfield Police have been using the Lexington Police Department's shooting range for the time being while they go over their options.

"The last site that was suggested was the third floor of the parking garage," Coontz continued, referring to the city building's own parking facility. "The engineer's office is working closely with an architect to determine whether or not that foundation is suitable to even place a structure on. That's kind of where we're at right now."

No matter which option the department goes with, it's expected to be costly - but is essential to the operation of the police department. In order for officers to stay certified, they must undergo various training procedures at the range across a multitude of lethal and nonlethal weapons to continue operating. 

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