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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Forsyth County deputies and Winston-Salem Police finally have a place to sharpen their shooting skills indoors.

The $6 million Joint Firearms Training Center had its grand opening on Friday. It has 24 indoor ranges with all kinds of special effects so officers and deputies can improve their skills. It also has classroom space.

"It is a responsibility and a duty of government to provide that public service in the best, most proficient professional way. This facility will allow that to happen," said Forsyth County Sheriff Bill Schatzman.

Forsyth Tech plans to use the classroom space for special law enforcement classes and basic handgun training.

A federal grant and funds from the city and county paid for the center. It took 10 years from the first proposal to its completion.