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Albemarle, UVA Police Present Firing Range Plans to Planning Council

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Police chiefs from Albemarle County and the University of Virginia introduced their plans for a joint firing range to the Planning and Coordination Council Thursday.

The council is made up of members from Albemarle County, Charlottesville, and UVA. This was the planning council's first meeting of the new year.

Police introduced members to what is a coordinated effort between the city, county, and university to fund the construction of the new firing range.

Friday is the official deadline for all construction proposals on the site. After all those are in, police will review the costs and designs and present Albemarle supervisors with a report in April. Police believe the project will cost around $4.5 million.

Colonel Steve Sellers with the Albemarle County Police Department says the range would be a huge benefit for the community.

"When you have three jurisdictions training together, then we use the same techniques and the same protocol,” said Sellers.

Sellers says some of those community benefits include cooperative task forces and better response times.

"This isn't just building a range for the police departments, this is a demonstration of the collaboration that's so necessary between the public safety agencies,” said Tim Longo, Charlottesville Police chief.

The range will also allow police to train several times a year, instead of once a year like they currently do.

Police say, with no obstacles, they hope to see construction finished by October or November of 2015.

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