NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — On Thursday morning, the New Orleans Police Department and Mayor Cantrell celebrated the completion of a $3.7 million firing range at the NOPD Municipal Training Academy in New Orleans East.

Mayor Cantrell spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the exciting news. “On this morning here at a firing range that sat dormant for over 16 years, but we breathed life back into it is a testament to not only listening but delivering as it relates to the needs of our police department and the men and women who have stepped up to serve this community,” said Cantrell.

According to city officials, the facility sustained much damage from Hurricane Katrina which caused NOPD officers to have to travel outside the parish to get their training. “We had to move into swift action,” said Cantrell. In 2019, the Cantrell Administration made it a priority for it to be built in Orleans Parish.

“It has been far too long to say that the department of this status to not have its own firing range,” added NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson. Ferguson expressed that he is glad officers won’t have to travel many miles to keep their training current.

Ferguson said there are two firing ranges in the facility. One of the firing ranges will be where deputies can get their annual firearm training, the other range will have various firearm-related scenario training.