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New police training center opens in Florence

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FLORENCE, AL (WAFF)  Law enforcement agencies from across North Alabama gathered in the Shoals Thursday, as a new training center was opened that will benefit everyone.

The Florence Police Department Training Center covers 15 acres, and has several gun ranges.  Florence City leaders gave almost one million dollars to get the facility up and running.

Florence Police Chief Rick Singleton cut a purple ribbon to mark the beginning of better law enforcement training in the Valley.

"I believe today's ribbon cutting means the Shoals will be a safer part of our state because of what will occur here," said Alabama State Attorney General Troy King.

"We want it to be a regional training center," said Florence Police Chief Rick Singleton, "To be used by law enforcement all over North Alabama."

The new facility is in western Lauderdale County.  Law enforcement agencies from across the state came to check out the new training center.

The center has a ballistic shoot house.  It is a place where officers can practice using explosives and indoor techniques.

"We have a 20 lane pistol range with every kind of target you can imaging," said Singleton.

"We cannot train, we cannot prepare, we cannot equip law enforcement too much to do their job," said King.

The training center also has a rifle range, with the capabilities of taking a 300-yard shot.

"I don't think we can overstate the importance of training," added King, "Training is the difference if an officer comes home or not."

Something this new training center hopes to accomplish, by preparing officers in our state.

Along with money from the city, the police department also received several grants to help with the project.  Most of the construction was done by officers with the Florence Police Department.

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