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New AFO training facility for Staffordshire

The proposed new indoor facility will be built at the force’s HQ at an estimated cost of £14.8m.

The new centre will provide specialist officers with a sound-proofed facility that will include a 50 metre indoor firing range and training rooms.

Currently the force leases an outdoor range – however following a review into the suitability and long-term availability of the site, the decision was made to build Staffordshire's own facility.

The initial budget was originally set at £18m but the revised estimated cost is much lower.

Work on the site is expected to begin in 2024 and be completed by September 2025.

Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime, Ben Adams said: “Police firearms deployments in Staffordshire are relatively low, but when our communities need an armed response to keep them safe, it is essential that the force has the right training and facilities in place to deliver the highest quality service.

“Police forces have a legal responsibility to meet not only national College of Policing standards but also local strategic threat and risk assessments. These have evolved considerably in recent years, requiring solutions that improve services, protect the public from harm and deliver value for money for the long term.

“Using public money efficiently is a priority for me, and this investment is part of a wider estates plan for Staffordshire Police to ensure buildings are sustainable and future proof. “

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