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Hometown Training Pays off for Beaumont Police

Since opening nine months ago, The Beaumont Shooting Range has provided gun training that's close to home for local police officers.

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.

Public safety

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.

Yard Monster February 28, 2013 at 05:53 PM
As I understand Judy you don't even live in the city of Beaumont! You just have a business there. So I'm pretty sure they are not stealing YOUR MONEY! You are one of those people that just like to stir the pot. And has been doing so for along time. Why don't you run for city gov. And make a change instead of bitching about it! But I doubt you will cause then Beaumont citizens would get to look inside your life, I'm sure you don't want that to happen!!!!!!!! I'm just saying
kim murphy February 28, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Steve they always post announcements or upcoming events byway of email, but this has yet to happen!!! :/
Yard Monster February 28, 2013 at 05:59 PM
The Beaumont Range is at 877 w 4th not 871 no coincidence just type o or bad reporting
Lifer in Bmt. February 28, 2013 at 06:02 PM
I agree with yard monster about Judy not living in Beaumont & also agree about the POST training. I believe Bmt pays for schooling if it advances you @ work.
Lifer in Bmt. February 28, 2013 at 06:08 PM
This is a site of Industrial bldgs of approx. 1500 sq ft. Last year they were renting for $ 750.00 a unit which is a great price. Take a drive by you'll see many local businesses with offices there. No coincidence, just reasonable office rent
Tempest February 28, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Of course you do, beaumont prisoner.
nobodyuno February 28, 2013 at 06:22 PM
If Judy owns a business in Beaumont then she is absolutely correct in her statement regarding "our tax dollars"!!! The "pot" should be "stirred" otherwise we get burned!!!
nobodyuno February 28, 2013 at 06:32 PM
ATC, I did quote it correctly and Renee clarifies the statement in later comments.. The fact of the matter is the city has no rights giving out loans, and that's exactly what they said it was to begin with. Bury your head in the sand if you want but the rest of us have the right to question the CORRUPTION that our elected officials may or may not be involved in.. Like it or not!!!
Lifer in Bmt. February 28, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Raised all my kids here, they own homes & work. So Beaumont can't be that bad, so I'm a lifer.
nobodyuno February 28, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Banning did the same thing only they mailed a notice to every utility customer. Now we are paying dearly for utilities. This past summer we had bills ranging from $480 to $830 per month with water being more than the electric most months due to the 56% increase. Banning gets its electric from Edison and now we pay more for our utility than Edison customers pay. These city officials ILLEGALLY misused the utility's funds on other projects and had to squeeze the residents, against our objections, to replace the missing utility bond funds. How ironic, they illegally used utility bond money to help build the BRAND NEW POLICE STATION which we can't even walk into... UFB!!!
Lifer in Bmt. February 28, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Steve, don't worry, when Banning goes broke, PD station will become the Homeland Security office for Obama & his thugs............
nobodyuno February 28, 2013 at 07:53 PM
What does President Obama have to do with the Banning city officials misusing the utility bond funds! I'm not thrilled with President Obama's shortcomings, ie... Republican Obstructionism, but I certainly wouldn't place the corruption of our city officials onto the President of the country.
ATC February 28, 2013 at 08:05 PM
No, Steve, you did not quote it correctly. Would you like to see the difference? Okay, here goes: The story: "$81,000 worth of regular monthly use" You: "$81,000 a month worth of regular monthly use " Do you see the difference? No? Read those two again. The addition of those two words changes the meaning. You added words to match YOUR interpretation. And Renee actually clarifies MY interpretation, not yours. They are not getting $81K PER MONTH worth of use; they are getting $81K worth of use, TOTAL. You can say that their use is daily, weekly, monthly, yearly...it makes no difference, The TOTAL is $81K. It's not really rocket science. BTW, I'm not burying my head in the sand, and I DO agree that we should all be questioning this, as well as all other spending by our city officials. But claiming outrageous numbers that are obviously not true only damages your (our) credibility when we do question those officials.
Inside Informer February 28, 2013 at 08:06 PM
So did Beaumont loan Casey (The Range Owner) the money or did they just "buy" the back-stop for him? The ledger entries are all made out to "Super-Trap", not Casey. Not sure there is a difference or which situation is worse. Also housed on site that some may not know about is a "Police Only" backroom with additional high dollar equipment. I don't know the name of the simulation equipment (to check and see if Beaumont bought that too), but it's all back there with a screen, projector, etc. That and a lounge area with fridge, microwave, tables, chairs etc.
Lifer in Bmt. February 28, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Steve, when Banning can't pay for the station someone has to man it, maybe the Riv. SO will move in it.
nobodyuno February 28, 2013 at 08:45 PM
ATC, Like I said, Renee clarified that part of the article and if you want to hear "ATC, you were right and I was wrong" then you just did!!! I only concede on the misstatement regarding the $81,000 payment!!! I didn't claim any outrageous numbers to be factually correct as it is quite clear had you read my entire comment. I clearly stated "if true", meaning if my interpretation of the article is correct!!! Renee clarified her original statement and I was not correct in my interpretation!! I wasn't trying to or intentionally misleading anyone otherwise I wouldn't have said "if true"!!! My, Your (Our) credibility is in good standing and MY credibility was never in question to begin with. Thanks, but no thanks for the attempt at preserving my credibility by pointing out your interpreted version of my statement with your superior wisdom!!! Take Care!!!
ATC February 28, 2013 at 08:57 PM
That's all I was pointing out, steve, is that it is $81K total, not monthly. I think you and I are actually on much of the same page; I too, live in Banning and have fought against the outrageous use of utility funds for other things (Police station) that has resulted in our utility rates going from among the lowest in SoCal to the highest. It seems as if the corruption in all small towns rivals that of bigger cities, just maybe with a slightly smaller overall pot of money to embezzle. We all just have to keep fighting the corruption and arrogance that public officials seem to get infected with once they take office.
ATC February 28, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Has anyone yet verified just how many months worth of use that $81K has purchased? Renee?
Dex February 28, 2013 at 09:03 PM
What the heck does it matter whether Judy lives here or in Montana? She has invested more time and effort into learning about the inside dealings of Beaumont than anyone else around here. I would think that folks would be thankful for her bringing things out in the open regardless of where she lives.
nobodyuno February 28, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Or maybe the utility dept will move into it since it was paid for with utility bond monies!!! Point is, the utility bonds were for utility use, not to build a police station!!! Your comments are taxing so I chose to bow out of further responses with you regarding this subject!!! Good Luck!!!
nobodyuno February 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Agreed
nobodyuno February 28, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Its mind boggling!!!
Judy Bingham March 01, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Want your mind to be even more boggled? See Audit XI- Debt : http://banning-beaumont.patch.com/blog_posts/audit-xi-debt
Libi Uremovic March 01, 2013 at 12:51 AM
the city books has one credit entry recorded on 08/31 for $1,600..
Washy March 01, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Actually they get paid for school regardless if it benefits us here in Beaumont or if they pass or fail...as well as the 50 to stay healthy even the obese employees are getting this MOU
Libi Uremovic March 01, 2013 at 01:16 AM
it's written on the books as 'beaumont shooting range note payable'...but payments were never made... it's going to be interesting to see what this private sector business is making that is not from the tax payer dollar... and yea, they'll have to open their books now ... when one penny ($.01) of taxpayer dollars is used in any way it allows the right to track and verify the funds. ..passing money to friends or family or through another business is called 'money laundering' .. the 1st party implicates everyone else down the line... was it set up to laundry money or are they just blowing taxpayer dollars on boy toys and playtime..?
Libi Uremovic March 01, 2013 at 02:44 AM
'...Is this at your cost or the tax payers?....' aside from what judy and other beaumont residence have paid - it's at my cost my audits are saving the taxpayer hundreds of man hours in local, state, and federal agencies ...i am creating a fast track for prosecution ... '...You can prove this beyond a shadow of a doubt?...' yes, we can pull the invoices and see if someone in the police dept ran up an $800 diners' club bill or if the finance director was hiding a random expense ... the shooting range money is local and state prosecution, right now i'm working on audits for the feds, but i'll come back to gather more detailed information on personal expenses...
Ken March 01, 2013 at 06:00 AM
If it werent for Judy's persistent questioning of City actions and Libi's mind boggling compilation of the numbers and creative accounting practices, there would be little to no conversation on the subject and far fewer folks wondering if this all could possibly true. At the very least more people have a better understanding of government at the City level and hopefully we can effect changes that benefit all the citizens in a more equitable and responsible way. A discussion is ongoing and an opposing view doesnt mean that it is necessarily incorrect or uninformed. Both sides need to be heard I for one am glad too see any and all voice their opinion. It means it is being read . http://banning-beaumont.patch.com/blog_posts/beaumont-observations (from 6-12-2012)...and not one reply
Ken March 02, 2013 at 07:04 AM
NEW SEWER RATES TO INCREASE 39% ...Was $21.25 for single family home needing only typical Council rubber stamp approval at $29.68
ATC March 04, 2013 at 11:15 PM
At that rate, the $81K provides over 4 years of range use for BPD.

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