Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Work has already begun on the Heartland Preparedness Center, a joint preparedness center where police, sheriff's deputies and the military will train together.
The facility, which will be built in northwest Wichita, will be the only one of its kind in the entire country.
For the past 15 years, police and sheriff's offices have been training at an old elementary school in north Wichita. In 2003, the county agreed to fund the center to train for better response in an emergency.
Supporters of the project say that because of the advanced technology and training available, Wichita's economy will benefit.
"If we market it right, we will bring people in from all over the United States because it's unique, one of a kind," Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams said.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the center will take place next month. The first part of the center will be complete in 2012, with the entire facility up and running in 2015.