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Law enforcement firearms range opens

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 30th, 2013


Front row, from left are: Monte Vista Chief of Police James Grayson, APD Captain Robert Jackson, CSP Captain George Dingfelder. Second row, from left are: POST Grant and Training Coordinator Stefanie Mackey, POST Director Pete Dunbar, POST Grant and Training Manager Becky Calomino, San Luis Valley Intelligence Analyst John Michalke, Alamosa City Councilman Josef Lucero, Alamosa Mayor Kathy Rogers, Alamosa City Mayor Pro Tem Charlie Griego. Back row, from left are: Randy Wright, APD Lt. Duane Oakes, APRD officer and range master Brian Cooper, Sgt. Sam Maestas, APD Chief Craig Dodd, Alamosa City Councilman Rusty Johnson, APD Civilian Police Manager Kristi Duarte, Alamosa City Manager Heather Brooks, Alamosa City Councilman Greg Gillaspie, Alamosa City Finance Director Amanda Valdez. Courier photo by Lauren Krizansky


ALAMOSA — After years of using the chico brush for a safe training location, the Alamosa Police Department (APD) now owns the 153-acres of sprawling ranchland turned firearms range east of the city.

On Tuesday, APD Chief Craig Dodd announced the purchase at a ribbon cutting ceremony, which was relocated from the shooting range to the San Luis Valley Law Enforcement Training Center on account of the wind.

The Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST) made the purchase possible through a $70,000 grant and a 10-year commitment from the APD to use the land for such training. POST documents and manages the training and certification of all active peace officers and reserve peace officers working for Colorado law enforcement agencies. It also provides continuing training on emerging issues, including anti-bias, DNA and witness protection issues.

APD Captain Robert Jackson had the idea to purchase the land years ago. When Dodd came on board 2011, he told him it would be a wise investment not only for the APD, but also for the 20 Valley law enforcement agencies.

“It was very insightful,” Dodd said. “Robert was looking forward for the whole Valley.”



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