Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today reopened the Nassau County Police Department’s Pistol Range in Hempstead after completion of major capital improvements to the facility, including remediation of lead contamination from the facility and surrounding area. The facility plays a critical role in keeping Nassau County Police Officers well-trained in the use of firearms. Nassau is the safest large County in the nation and crime is down 12% since 2011, down 10% this year, and at the lowest level since crime stats have been recorded in Nassau County.
“Decades of lead buildup caused serious environmental and health concerns at the Nassau County Police Department’s Pistol Range,” said County Executive Mangano. “With the completion of this project, we have ensured the facility will continue to play a key role in the training of our police force as well as a good neighbor to those in the community.”
Work performed at the Nassau County Police Department’s Pistol Range included lead remediation, the removal of contaminated structural elements utilizing the appropriated measures for lead contaminated material and installation of a clay liner approximately 18 inches below grade to protect the ground from future contamination. In addition, a ground water collection and storage system will store the storm water above the liner, avoiding any intrusion.
Inside the facility, a state-of-the-art lead collection system will protect personnel from exposure to lead by trapping and collecting any bullets that are fired. A vacuum system also collects air borne matter at the bullet impact zone. The Nassau County Police Department Foundation donated over $40,000 in landscaping services and equipment to the restoration of the range.