A leading police firearms training centre near Yarm has boosted its tactical training facility with the addition of a retired bus donated by local bus operator, Stagecoach North East.
The Tactical Training Centre at Urlay Nook, a joint venture between Cleveland and Durham Police which opened in 2001, took receipt of a single decker bus which had reached the end of its public service.
The bus will now live out its retired life at the purpose-built facility and will be used as a structure for the firearms officers, enhancing the realism of their training and where they can refine and advance their search tactics through a range of nationally recognised training programmes.
To ensure a high level of realism for the firearms experts, the bus will retain all of its seating and furniture, and includes a set of new tyres. However, it will be adapted for training, with restricted access, life-size mannequins and additional protection to minimise damage during firing exercises, all built in.
The latest donation from Stagecoach will replace a bus already employed at the centre, in which a team of 12 highly experienced staff help train professional firearms officers from around the world using state-of-the-art facilities, including an abseil tower, indoor ranges and a sophisticated interactive judgemental system.
The specialist firearms experts work with police personnel, law enforcement agencies, the military and non-police organisations.