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Bossier City to look at buying firing range from school board

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The City of Bossier City will look at buying the police firing range from the Bossier Parish School Board at its regular meeting today.

The city council will introduce an ordinance appropriating $92,000 from the Land Acquisition Fund for the purchase of the Bossier City Police Firing Range site from the Bossier Parish School Board.

According to City Attorney Jimmy Hall at the council’s Oct. 30 agenda meeting, the school board is liquidating several properties and the city is seizing the opportunity.

“We have a lease agreement we can extended if they own the property, if not we have a $3.5 million investment sitting on it,” Hall pointed out.

According to Bossier City Police spokesperson Traci Landry, the city did not pay any money for the use of the land. The consideration for the lease was the transfer of two other small tracts of land totaling 1.26 acres.

“The current agreement from 2004 with the Bossier Parish School Board allows the city to renew its 25-year lease in 25-year increments indefinitely as long as the board owns the property,” said Landry.

The Bossier City Police Department uses the range for all Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) firearms qualifications, some in-service training, and other specialized training. In addition, the Special Response Team trains there.

On the grounds are a pistol range, rifle range, and a house-like structure, commonly referred to as a “shoot house.” Under the supervision of the Bossier City Police Department, the facility is also used for training and education by other agencies such as the FBI, City Marshal’s Office, and Bossier Parish Community College.

Landry noted that the 2004 cooperative endeavor agreement between the City and School Board emphasized the enhancement and improvement of educational facilities in Bossier Parish and facilitating the training of Bossier City Police Officers.

“That common goal of education and safety remains today,” she said.

And continued access to specialized training, such as what is offered at the range facility, equips our officers to meet ever-evolving public safety needs.

“The Bossier City Police Department’s mission is to protect life and property, with full respect for citizens and according to the highest standards of professional skill, integrity, and accountability. We must always be able to adapt and respond in a safe, efficient, and professional manner,” Landry said.

The ordinance is subject to two readings. It would be made official if approved by the council at the Nov. 20 meeting.