2009-11-19 / Sports

Public Safety Commission names DPS training facility

The Texas Public Safety Commission voted 5-0 at its October meeting to name the DPS training facility in Williamson County the DPS Tactical Training Center.

The 1,009-acre campus is located in northern Williamson County. It includes a 70-acre firearms training facility built in 2002 and a 150-acre emergency vehicle operations course (EVOC) that will open in 2010. Funding for the $49 million EVOC came through a 2007 statewide bond election.

When completed, the EVOC will include a 4.2-mile road course, an 11-acre large skills pad, a 5.5- acre small skills pad, a concrete skid pad with a water cannon to simulate wet-weather conditions, and a 14-block urban area complete with school zone, traffic lights and signs to simulate urban driving conditions.

“We are building a center of excellence in training for all law enforcement officers in Texas,” said Allan B. Polunsky, chairman of the Texas Public Safety Commission. “Our officers deserve to have the best training available in the country. This facility will help DPS meet this goal.”

The firearms training facility includes a tactical firing range; a 60- point, 50-yard pistol range; a 30- point, 50-yard multipurpose range with moving targets suitable for rifles, shotguns and pistols; a 30- point, 100-yard rifle range; a tactical shoot house; and three firearms training simulators.

Local and state law enforcement agencies regularly use the Firearms Training Facility, and they will be welcomed when the driving track opens next year.

Classes currently conducted at the Tactical Training Center include firearms qualification, lowlight shooting, tire deflation techniques, door-breaching techniques, vest testing and state pistol matches.

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