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WestCOG awarded state grant for Regional Firearms Training Facility

The regional planning agency for municipalities spanning from Sherman down to Stamford has been awarded a state grant.  The Western Connecticut Council of Governments was awarded $1.5 million for a Regional Firearms Training Facility.  The funding comes from the Regional Performance Incentive Program.  WestCOG will build and operate the facility for law enforcement agencies.  WestCOG officials say maintaining qualifications and training for police personnel is increasingly difficult due to enhanced training requirements and potential reductions in training capacity at an existing outdoor range in the region.  The regional range would serve 26 municipal police departments, West Conn and other law enforcement agencies. The project was initiated in 2020 with working groups from Bethel, Brookfield, Darien, New Canaan, Ridgefield, Weston, and Wilton. According to the June 2022 draft report on the range, the geographic location with the lowest travel times was Wilton.  The town identified their transfer station as a potential site as it currently offers limited outdoor shooting. The location is moderately remote from residential locations and has been used for 20 years without complaint.