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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               May 27, 2010




(Thurs., May 27, 2010)—Mayor Mufi Hannemann joined Honolulu police officers today to announce the grand opening of the new Police Academy Firing Range in Waipahu.


            “This wonderful new facility will help ensure our officers continue to receive excellent training and are fully prepared for their crucial mission: to keep Honolulu the safest big city in America,” Hannemann said.


            The $6.3 million facility, located at 93-093 Waipahu Depot Road, includes a 22,235 square foot building with a 30-lane firing range, ordnance and target storage spaces, a weapons cleaning room, and office space.


            The firing range will serve as the primary location for police recruits to receive tactical instruction and training in the use of handguns and rifles. The range will also be used by the Honolulu Police Department’s current officers for practice and firearms certification testing.


            Each of the 30 firing lanes is 75 feet long by 5 feet wide. The range portion of the building is divided in half by a concrete wall, with 15 firing lanes on each side, so that the range may be used simultaneously by two different groups as needed.


            The range features an automated target system employing two types of targets: a “running man” target that moves laterally on a track across the target line; and a pivoting target which can be turned 90 degrees to instantaneously present a target to the shoots and will be used in training scenarios designed to sharpen firing reflexes.




Media contact: Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 768-6928