Lakewood Police celebrated the opening of its building in April of this year. Included in the building is an underground firing range. To date, the range is not in use for the simple reason that guns make a lot of noise when they are fired. That noise is a major distraction for those working upstairs. We asked Lakewood Police and the City to tell us the current status of the firing range. City of Lakewood Communications Director Jeff Brewster responds:
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A few weeks ago, the City conducted initial sound samplings and determined that firing weapons in our basement range was too noisy for those working in other parts of the station. At the recommendation of an acoustic engineer, the City plans to add more acoustic panels to the walls and more sheetrock and insulation to the two forward ceiling bays. We expect this to be completed by the middle of next month at an additional cost of up to $30,000. If additional measures are required beyond that, we will reassess at that time. I should point out that firing ranges within police stations are fairly rare, though certainly not unheard of. We believe that this will be money well spent. There is no substitute for high quality weapons training for our police officers in light of all the complex and difficult circumstances they face every day.