Sheriff’s Office Breaks Ground on $26M Firearms Training Center

After nearly four decades of firearm training on leased property in Chantilly, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office will have its own firearms training center by next year.

The sheriff’s office on Friday held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its future $25.9 million firearms training center off Shreve Mill Road adjacent to the Greenway. Sheriff Mike Chapman, County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) and Supervisor Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) addressed a crowd of about 30, including Supervisors Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn), Kristen Umstattd (D-Leesburg), Ron Meyer (R-Broad Run), Leesburg Police Chief Greg Brown and Chief Fire Marshal Linda Hale.

Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman talks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the county’s new, $26 million firearms training center on Friday.
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The 55,000-square-foot complex will sit on an 18.5-acre parcel and, once completed in spring 2020, will replace the sheriff’s office’s firing range located 14 miles southeast of Leesburg, a sites that has been leased since 1984. It will feature a 10-lane, 100-yard-long tactical firing range, an 18-lane, 50-yard range, a use-of-force simulator, multiple classrooms, administrative offices and a separate building for force-on-force training.

“It’s going to be just a wonderful facility for our deputies,” Chapman said. “This range will further enhance our professionalism.”

Randall echoed Chapman’s statements about the multiple dimensions of the complex, making it clear that it’s much more than just a shooting range.

Chapman said the current training center is “inadequate by today’s standards for training needs.” The new one would be shared with the Purcellville and Middleburg Police Departments.

Chapman said the new complex would send the message that public safety is a top priority in the county and that it would join a list of new facilities that the county has built since he became sheriff in 2012, including the Western Loudoun Station, the Ashburn Station, a state-of-the-art emergency communications center for dispatchers and a new agency headquarters.

He said that, because law enforcement officers are under more scrutiny now than ever, their decisions in the field have never been more complex and that the new training complex would provide deputies and officers with the training space they need to enhance their skillset and judgment.

“This facility will accomplish just that,” he said. “We look forward to this incredible facility, enhanced training and keeping Loudoun‘s crime rate the lowest in the entire Washington, DC, metropolitan area.”

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Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman breaks ground on the county’s $26 million firearms training center alongside Leesburg Police Chief Greg Brown, County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large), Supervisors Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn), Geary Higgins (R-Blue Ridge), Kristen Unstattd (D-Leesburg) and Ron Meyer (R-Broad Run), Loudoun County Chief Fire Marshal Linda Hale, Major Eric Prugh, Deputy County Administrator Charles Yudd and Loudoun County Chief Animal Control Officer Chris Brosan.
[Patrick Szabo/Loudoun Now]

6 thoughts on “Sheriff’s Office Breaks Ground on $26M Firearms Training Center

  • 2019-02-09 at 6:58 am
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    “The region is already home to the best equipped training facilities in the nation: the National Rifle Association range in Fairfax, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Federal Drug Enforcement Administration range and training academy in Quantico and numerous other ranges throughout Northern Virginia. The Washington Metropolitan Airport Authority is building an $18 million firing range at the airport. Arlington County paid only $6 million to participate in that project.” We take a 21 million dollar range and 5 years later it cost the taxpayer 26 million, yikes!

  • 2019-02-09 at 12:00 pm
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    And sooooooooooo norges53, do you mean that Sheriff Chapman is corrupt and should resign?

  • 2019-02-09 at 3:57 pm
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    How much will it cost to staff the range.
    What will the upkeep cost?
    If we use the number of bullets fired as part of the job last year that comes to 5 million dollars a bullet.

  • 2019-02-09 at 6:21 pm
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    Why yes norges didn’t you hear? Everything costs more in Loudoun County. Because reasons.

    It’s like the DC United stadium. Deal of the century! They swear! Only $15M bucks!

    Well… apart from the fact we were asked to borrow $150M in November to build two roads, one of them crosstrail. That nobody actually needs.

    But really! Not gonna cost the taxpayer a dime more than $15M. Cross my heart and hope to die. Stick a needle in my eye.

    Get used to it. That’s the way things are in Loudoun county now.

  • 2019-02-10 at 3:51 pm
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    Lawgh, when you become sheriff, you can show us all how you’ll root out corruption.

  • 2019-02-10 at 5:31 pm
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    What has Chapman to do with a vote for a firing range, fool. This started at 21 million and now will cost 29 million by the time they are done. As usual the government hits it 35% overbudget mark. Nice work BoS, lol!

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