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Police firing range opens in Reckenthal
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Police firing range opens in Reckenthal

29.07.2015 From our online archive
Luxembourg Police have a new firing range in the capital, enabling them to carry out target practice at a distance of up to 50 metres.

(JB) Luxembourg Police have a new firing range in the capital, enabling them to carry out target practice at a distance of up to 50 metres.

The new, 6.6-million-euro centre, which was inaugurated on Tuesday, is located several metres beneath the Bambësch forest in the Reckenthal district of Luxembourg City.

It was “absolutely needed for the police,” said Sustainable Development Minister François Bausch at the official opening.

The 970 m2 firing range allows up to 10 officers to practice shooting at distances of up to 50 metres at the same time, unlike the former centre which gave a maximum range of 15 metres.

“You can simulate a lot of things such as night shooting but also work with blue lights or sound to recreate an atmosphere,” said Commissioner Florent Allard.

The conditions are controlled by monitors working in the centre which is destined for both professional officers and police students, enabling them to simulate virtually all possible scenarios.

There is even a "running man", a moving target that move on a rail. The General Manager of the Grand Ducal Police, Philippe Schrantz, pointed out that a training video at the centre aims to teach officers when to avoid opening fire.

The walls and ceiling of the centre have been designed in such as way as to ensure that no noise escapes and that bullets do not ricochet.

Reporting by Maurice Fick

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