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.
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.”