Courtesy of the Colorado Springs Gazette

Months after local agencies abandoned the idea of building a consolidated regional training facility at the Pikes Peak International Raceway, the Colorado Springs Police Department is forging ahead on its own.

The raceway has donated 17 acres that the department will use to construct three 50-yard shooting ranges, a 100-yard range and a scenario and classroom training facility, police Cmdr. Pat Rigdon said. Although the cost of the project isn’t known, construction is expected to start in the spring and be finished by mid-2019.

The plan received the support of the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association. Board President Sgt. Joseph Somosky called it a “necessity,” adding that the new range will help officers better prepare to protect the community, which he said is growing and, in some cases, becoming more dangerous. MORE>