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Special Town Meeting in Bethel tonight on police station firing range

A special town meeting will be held tonight in Bethel on outfitting the police station firing range.  Residents are being asked for approval to spend up to $1.4 million to purchase and install equipment needed to finish the firing range in the new police station.  The money would coming from Fund Balance. The price tag includes funding for contingency and escalation costs.  Chief Stephen Pugner said in a social media post that the 7pm meeting begins the long overdue process of completing the training range.  He says members must remain exceedingly vigilant in their firearms training, especially with the evident rise in gun violence within the United States. Currently, Bethel officers are only able to train with instructors once a year and these days are dependent upon the schedule and invitation of external facilities in locations such as Danbury, New Milford, and Southbury. With the completion, officers will also be able to safely train in various use of force scenarios and situations.