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October 29, 2004                                                               




            Construction has begun on a new concrete structure that will become the first weapons firing range to be exclusively used by the Honolulu Police Department (HPD), Mayor Jeremy Harris announced today.


            The 22,325-square-foot building is being built on the grounds of the Police Training Academy at 93-093 Waipahu Depot Road.  The structure will contain a 30-lane firing range and accessory spaces, including an ordnance storage vault, weapons cleaning room, weapons storage room, target storage room and office space.


            “This project will be a major asset to HPD in maintaining the high standards it demands of its rank and file,” said the Mayor.  “Our police force is already one of the best in the nation.  This new facility will result in officers who are even better prepared to protect the lives and safety of our citizens and themselves.”


            “Having our own firing range, especially an indoor range, is important because it means that our officers will have more opportunities to train,” said Chief Boisse Correa.  “The department has waited many years for this facility, and we look forward to its completion.”


            HPD now shares the Koko Head Shooting Complex with the public as its practice firing range.  However, the Koko Head complex is not enclosed and cannot be used at night because of noise to nearby residences.  Funds in the amount of $5.9 million were approved to build this new facility in 2003.  The new facility is expected to be completed by mid-April of 2006. 





Friday, October 29, 2004

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