Submitted by the City of Beaumont
Beaumont Police officers no longer have to travel outside the city for firearms training.
Since the opening nine months ago of The Beaumont Indoor Shooting Range, they can now train at a shooting range in the city where they work.
“The Beaumont Police Department and the Beaumont Indoor Shooting Range are working together to ensure that our city has well-trained police officers protecting the community,” said Police Chief Frank Coe.
In the past, police officers were gone from the city for up to three hours during firearms training at the Ben Clark Training Center in Riverside. Other officers were often called in to work overtime to patrol the city during their absence. Now, Beaumont saves thousands of dollars annually in training costs by having a local range.
Since they’re training locally, officers on duty can respond immediately to emergency calls during their regular shifts. The indoor shooting range is centrally located along 4th Street in the Beaumont Industrial Park.
The Beaumont Police Department’s officers regularly train at the range with rifles and handguns to maintain their firearms proficiency. The state-wide Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) recommends regular certification for officers and the weapons they carry.
As part of an agreement between Beaumont and the range, the city prepaid $81,000 to the Beaumont Indoor Shooting Range for the installation of a state-of-the-art “bullet trap,” or lead collection system. The system, which is made of industrial grade tire rubber, absorbs the bullets and prevents any ricocheting. This was a requirement for police use. Under the agreement, our officers receive $81,000 worth of regular monthly use of the range without interfering with other customers.
Friend of law enforcement
Casey Seewoster owns the Beaumont Indoor Shooting Range and enjoys working closely with local police.
“I am honored to play a part in keeping our community safe by providing a quality facility for law enforcement,” he said.