For decades, the tiny Glenville police department has relied on the benevolence of a local private gun club for firearms training and practice.
That could change soon under a revived $1 million multi-phase proposal to build a training facility for police and firefighters on two parcels of vacant land on Vley Road.
The site would also be used by first responders in neighboring Scotia.
"This training facility is going to provide the Glenville police department with a private range, something that we haven't had here in 25-plus years," said Chief Stephen Janik Monday. The 22-member department will be able to do more reality-based training to simulate a range of emergency calls from the seemingly routine to more dangerous ones, the chief said.
"Typically smaller departments have to beg, borrow and steal when it comes to training locations," he said.