For several years the SPD paid to use a firing range for practice. However, this past year, on the old landfill on Stagecoach Road, a firing range was built for the police department. This is just the first phase of the $140,000 training facility begun by now-retired Police Chief Luis Collazo as a way to replace the facility the police practiced at for decades.
The facility is named for the the Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation because the intial funding was obtained from the Birch Foundation.
At the opening ceremony on December 5, 2008, Mayor Betty Ann Matthis fired the first shot.