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County officials celebrate regional training center groundbreaking

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – Kane County officials Friday celebrated the groundbreaking of a nearly $2 million project that will increase training opportunities for law enforcement.

“This has been a culmination of many years of planning, some level of frustration,” Sheriff Pat Perez said to a group gathered at the site of the future Kane County Regional Training Center.

Located on the same campus as the Kane County Judicial Center and Kane County Sheriff’s Office, the 5,700-square-foot firearms range will have six shooting lanes and the capability to accommodate different training scenarios, such as traffic stops and low-light conditions.

“We’re very, very excited about this project,” Perez said.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office has been without a shooting range for more than a year.

Its Fabyan Parkway facility flooded and was contaminated by lead and mold.

Since then, the sheriff’s employees have been forced to rent time at St. Charles’ outdoor range, which can be logistically difficult when inclement weather preempts their plans, Perez said.

“We’re a slave to the weather,” he said.

Other agencies will be able to rent time at the Kane County Regional Training Center, which also will include a classroom, Perez said.

On Friday, Perez celebrated its groundbreaking with others from the sheriff’s office, as well as County Board members and County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen, who welcomed the crowd.

“Today we’re celebrating progress,” Lauzen said.

Construction on the center is expected to be completed by the end of October. Cordogan Clark – a full-service architectural, engineering and construction firm – is working with the county on the project.

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