An old cosmetics factory really fits the bill for armed police officers, who are using the site for their specialist training.
The former Avon cosmetics site in Nunn Mills Road, Northampton, is standing empty after the company moved to new premises. But the site is proving to be perfect training ground for Northamptonshire Police’s armed unit.
The officers need secure and realistic settings to carry out effective training away from the public. These types of sites are hard to find. The Avon site still has its secure fences, so it fits the bill perfectly.
Sergeant Dougie Jay, chief firearms instructor for Northamptonshire Police, said: “Officers have rehearsed numerous different scenarios including incidents in office buildings and large public spaces.
“The purpose of the training is to put officers into realistic situations and allow them to practice their responses.
“Officers who took part in the training commented how much it had helped them to be in such a large scale building with so many different scenarios possible.”
Six training days have been held at the location, and more are being planned for the future.
Avon and its development firm have been working with the West Northants Development Corporation (WNDC) to develop a mixed use scheme for the former manufacturing site.
Darren Jameson, property and site manager for Avon UK, said: “Providing the use of valuable space to the local firearms training unit whilst our unused site is going through transition is a great way for us to be able to work together to benefit the community.”