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Trenton Police to Share Gun Range With Flat Rock

Since 2008, several police agencies including federal, state and local departments have utilized the range without signed agreements, according to Trenton Police Chief Jim Nardone.

The Trenton and Flat Rock police departments have entered into an inter-local agreement for the use of the Trenton Police Department firearms range, 1401 West Road, in Trenton.

Since the Paul Teifer Firearms Range opened in 2008 several police agencies including federal, state and local departments have utilized the range without signed agreements.

Before this week, the Grosse Ile Police Department was the only other agency with an inter-local agreement with Trenton.

Trenton Police Chief Jim Nardone said recent damage to the gun range caused by an unknown department prompted him to begin creating inter-local agreements with other agencies, so visits to the range can be documented. Nardone did not speak about the extent or nature of the damage caused to the gun range.

"Other departments must now pay to use the firearms range," Nardone said.

Flat Rock officials have agreed to carry insurance, supply a firearms instructor and monitor and clean the range on specific dates.

"The state looks favorably on police agencies that share services in the distribution of revenue sharing," Nardone said.

The yearly fees charged to Flat Rock are $1,200 for four full days of firearms range use. Fees charged are for upkeep of the range including cleaning traps, filter replacement, repair of damage and general maintenance, according to Nardone.

"The Trenton Police Department and the Flat Rock Police Department have a long history of cooperation," Nardone said.

*This story was updated at 6:50 p.m. Friday.

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