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Police Firearms Officers Association reveals HQ training expansion plans

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The expansion would incorporate a state of the art virtual firearms and Taser range 

Plans to upgrade the firearms training hub have been announced in a bid to meet rising demand.

The Police Firearms Officers Association is set to expand its headquarters to increase its training, counselling and education services.

If official plans are approved, their current building – a former Police station in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire – will get a new extension.

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PFOA Chief Executive Mark Williams told Police Oracle “We are currently exploring the possibility of expanding our footprint at our HQ.’

“If successful the expansion would incorporate a state of the art virtual firearms and taser training range, additional museum space, meeting rooms and a new police room to open Chatteris Police station for the local community.”

Also, as part of the work a new neighbourhood policing hub with a public desk will be created and a huge radio mast taken down.

In 2014, the station was leased by Cambridgeshire Constabulary to the PFOA to enable development of its counselling services and support services to members and their families.

The former garages and dog kennel area were converted into the Museum of Armed policing which was visited by Princess Anne in 2019. It now welcomes dozens of schools visits every year.

One office is used for counselling and physiotherapy to help officers recover and return to work quicker.

But the association has received more exhibits and interest in the museum from community groups, plus SEN schools means it needs to adapt. Among the exhibits is a former armed response vehicle (ARV) donated by the City of London Police which needs more display space.

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