ADAMS COUNTY — The Adams County Board of Commissioners and Sheriff Doug Darr convened Saturday, Aug. 24, to help dedicate Flatrock Regional Training Center.
The new $10.5-million training facility east of Brighton, which held an open house last weekend, is designed to prepare law enforcement officers for the daily challenges encountered in the line of duty. It’s the first law enforcement training facility in Colorado to offer firearms, driving, and defensive tactics training in one centralized location.
“Prior to Flatrock, Colorado law enforcement officers had to travel to multiple locations to receive the specialized training needed to succeed on the job,” said Sheriff Darr. “Flatrock gives us the ability to offer state-of-the-art training in a more cost-effective, centralized location. From marksmanship and firearms safety to high-speed driving and defensive tactics, this new facility provides the tools officers need to perform their jobs safely and effectively.”
The Flatrock facility was designed by Colorado law enforcement trainers — each trainer an expert in their particular skills discipline. These trainers partnered with Denver’s Roth Sheppard Architects, who specialize in designing public safety buildings, to develop the facility. The new complex was completed in just under 12 months by DCM Construction Management of Divide.
At the heart of the nearly 400-acre training complex is a 10,000-square-foot building that provides academy classroom space as well as two 50-yard tactical shooting ranges — one with 21 lanes and one with 17 lanes. Separate shooting ranges enable the training center to accommodate two agencies simultaneously. The main building is also home to the Flatrock Force Option Simulator, a virtual reality room that simulates realistic training scenarios. These scenarios provide officers with a chance to respond to a wide range of use-of-force options, including tasers, batons, and firearms. The simulator offers more than 500 unique training scenarios, including low-light simulation.
The FLATROCK Regional Training Center complex also includes a 3,500 square-foot defensive tactics building that serves as the location for such essential hands-on training as weapons search, handcuffing, and arrest techniques. This building features floor training “mats” that are used to teach ground fighting techniques, as well as CrossFit exercise equipment for use by academy cadets.
Across from the tactical defense building is FLATROCK’s Emergency Vehicle Operation Complex (EVOC)—one of Colorado’s premier driver training facilities. The EVOC Complex includes a six-acre asphalt skills pad for lower-speed maneuvers as well as a 1.3-mile highway course designed to test high-speed emergency maneuvers.
While the FLATROCK Regional Training Center already offers the most training opportunities in a single location in all of Colorado, at just under 400 acres the complex has plenty of room to expand and provide additional specializing training components in the future.
“The Adams County Board of Commissioners congratulates Sheriff Darr on this remarkable, world-class training facility that will benefit not only our own officers, but law enforcement agencies from throughout the state,” said Eva J. Henry, board chair. “Keeping our residents safe is a challenging task, and the Board of Commissioners is proud to support our outstanding deputies by funding a facility that is worthy of the sacrifices they make every day in service to our community.”
The FLATROCK Regional Training Center is located at 23600 E. 128th Avenue in northern Commerce City. The center is open to all law enforcement agencies. To schedule use of the facility, agencies can call 720.523.7500.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a community open house at FLATROCK on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Citizens are invited to enjoy a day of tours and demonstrations that will showcase the state-of-the-art facility.