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The Omaha Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) has served as a training facility for the city, state, federal and other local agencies since the construction of the Training Tower in 2002. In 2004, the site was further developed with the construction of the Nebraska Army National Guard’s (ARNG) North Omaha Readiness Center, and again in 2006 with the completion of the Class and Administration Building (which is connected to the ARNG building), the Tactical Training Village, and the Driving Skills Pad.  Most recently, a K9 Training Facility was completed in 2009. In 2015, the potential to build an outdoor gun range at the PSTC was addressed through a study of needs, and the decision was made to formally move forward with construction of the range. Representatives from the Omaha Police Department, the City of Omaha, local architect RDG Planning & Design, and gun range design engineers Clark Vargas & Associates worked together to collect information, determine priorities, and establish a plan of action. 

Our world, our country, and even our community are much different today than they were 15 years ago, and state-of-the-art training is more important than ever to improve and maintain public safety. An outdoor range is a necessary training tool because officers are required to practice in conditions in which they will most likely engage their firearms. The new facility will be designed with state of the art safety and training features, such as full overhead ballistic shielding which will prevent any errant shot from leaving the range. Firing points will be located at 100, 50, and any distance between 25 and 0 yards. There are several benefits to locating a new Outdoor Gun Range at the PSTC:

  • The efficiency of having an outdoor range in the same location where the police department teaches and trains officers is both logical and practical.
  • It will save the city money in the long run by consolidating training facilities at the Public Safety Training Center.
  • There is a unique (and limited) funding opportunity in which the FBI is offering $1.2M for the project if it is evident the project is proceeding by the end of the year.
  • This project will not require additional tax dollars because there is currently $1.27M in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds available.
  • The project is budgeted to be completed with $2.47 million in available funds.

When the PSTC was initially developed we had no intention of building an outdoor gun range at the site, but changes in the law enforcement environment have placed greater emphasis on outdoor firearms training.  A number of agreements were made when the property was first developed stating that firearms would not be discharged outside which must now be revised.  Our intent is to be open and transparent about plans to meet future training needs at the PSTC and the impact this could have on our neighbors.

As part of this process, we are distributing this information and inviting our neighbors to attend a public meeting taking place at the PSTC on February 16, 2016. Additionally, we are offering to meet with interested neighbors personally to review our plans and answer any questions they may have.

In the following pages, you’ll find a list of anticipated questions and answers, renderings of the future project, graphic site representations, aerial photos of the site, and sound diagrams. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe through our combined efforts to Support Blue.

Gun Range Renderings and other Documents

Gun Range Frequently Asked Questions

News and Information

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