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Published on May 15, 2024
Saint Paul Police Dedicate Training Range to Former Range Master Randy BarnettSource: Facebook/Saint Paul Police Department

In a moving tribute to a former police officer and pioneering firearms instructor, the Saint Paul Police Department has dedicated their training range in honor of Randy Barnett. Randy, who served with distinction for 32 years, has left an indelible mark on the department through innovation in police firearms training.

During his tenure as range master from 1995 to 2011, Barnett was admired for his expertise in marksmanship, as well as his patience and wisdom. His contributions transformed the training programs at the Richard H. Rowan Training Center into modern practices that would be emulated across the country. According to the Saint Paul Police Department, Barnett was described as "compassionate, calm, patient, an expert marksman, and wise beyond his years."

The dedication ceremony turned the spotlight on Barnett's extensive career, emphasizing the influence he had on the training of countless range instructors and police officers. As stated in the department's Facebook announcement, "Randy is responsible for training hundreds of range instructors and thousands of students." It’s clear that his legacy will continue to shape the department for years to come.

In honoring Barnett, the Saint Paul Police expressed their gratitude for his years of service and his dedication to the betterment of law enforcement training. "We are honored to dedicate the range to a person like Randy Barnett," the Saint Paul Police Department said. The gesture stands as a testament to Barnett's immeasurable contributions and the respect he earned from his peers.