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Report on the Needs Assessment of the Capacity of Current Firearms Training Facility's Pistol Range Lanes

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Date Published
December 2009
8 pages
This report submitted to the Maryland House Committee on Appropriations by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the Maryland Transportation Authority pertains to the firing range requirements for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, accompanied by a memorandum of understanding and the release of funds to complete an upgrade to the firing range at the Public Safety Education and Training Center.
Maryland's Firearms Training Facility (FTF) at the Public Safety Education and Training Center (PSETC) is a firearms training facility centrally located in the State for use by all law enforcement, correctional, and parole and probation employees. The pistol shooting ranges, which were assessed for this report, provide four separate training areas. This report presents the times when firearms training and qualification are conducted. Data were reported for the hours spent in training/qualification at the FTF for 2007 and 2008 and for the first 6 months of 2009. Separate data are shown for firearms training conducted at FTF by the Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MdTAP). The report advises that although FTF classroom usage is approaching maximum capacity, additional space is available at the nearby PSETC Academic Center. In addition, conversion of support space at the FTF could easily be achieved without significant expenditure. At current usage, FTF's four pistol ranges are sufficient to handle all MdTAP's needs along with a 2-3-percent annual training increase for the near future. In approximately 10 years, additional pistol range lanes will be required based upon a 3-percent annual increase and an 85-percent maximum occupancy for training/qualification.