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Department of Correction Shows New Shooting Range


SMYRNA- Del.- When a law enforcement officer is in the line of fire, anything can happen. That's where training comes in. The Delaware Department of Corrections spent $2.55 million to renovate its shooting range to help ensure officers are better equip for any situation that may come their way.

Captain Scott Taylor has spent 19 years with the Delaware Department of Corrections. In that time he's been in tough situations.

"I had to draw my firearm several times while on operations," said Captain Taylor. "I have not had to discharge my firearm thankfully."

Although he didn't have to fire his weapon, he didn't know what to expect in the moment. He just had to be prepared to react.

"The adrenaline rush comes and with that adrenaline you have a lot of chemicals that go through your system," said Captain Taylor. "You loose your fine motor skills, you go to mid-brain thinking. So hopefully you have something in your subconscious mind to draw from and that's where the training comes in."

The new shooting range includes a bunch of new features to help make sure officers are prepared in any situation. New features like the computer-controlled targeting system helps. Commissioner Robert Coupe says this system will help officers better assess threats in the moment.

"The idea is to have the officers in a training environment in a live fire environment making those critical decisions under the pressure here," said Commissioner Coupe. "Hopefully if they find themselves in that situation in real life they're able to revert to their training, make the right decision and be able to perform."

Other improvements include:

· New Bullet Trapping System

· New Black Top & Covered Shooting Training Area

· New Lighting and Intercom System

· New Targeting System and Control Room Area

· New Restroom Facilities

· New Water, Sewer, and Electrical Systems

· New Storage Room

Officials say the improvements were much needed.

"I'm really pleased that they have a facility that's really worthy of the importance of the job that they do," said Governor Jack Markell.

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