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Friday, May 19, 2017 1:00 am

Sheriff gets $159,300 for training

Seized-asset fund to finance 3 mock buildings at center

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

The Allen County Council approved the transfer Thursday of $159,300 from the sheriff's department's federal asset seizure fund for training center improvements.

The money will be used to pay for three mock buildings for firearms training, sheriff's department officials said.

The buildings, which are made out of old shipping containers, are built by an international company that has done similar work for the military, said Capt. Shawn Lawhorn, with the sheriff's department's special operations division.

“They've built hundreds and hundreds of, basically, cities for the military to come in and do the same kind of training,” Lawhorn said. “It's really tough, thick steel.”

The range is at East Paulding and Adams Center roads. 

The course will be also available to other police agencies for a nominal fee, Chief Deputy Charles Edwards said. 

“We won't try to drain their coffers, the most important thing is that the officers are being trained and exposed to it,” Edwards said.