Boone County News Release

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For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Kip Kendrick, Presiding Commissioner
Boone County Commission
Phone: (573) 886-4307

Boone County Celebrates Regional Law Enforcement Training Center Groundbreaking

April 10, 2024 – The Boone County Commission and Sheriff invite the public to join them at the groundbreaking of the Boone County Sheriff’s Regional Law Enforcement Training Center on Wednesday, April 17 at 9:00 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the Boone County Public Safety Campus, located at 2121 County Drive, Columbia.

The new facility will provide an all-in-one training center for law enforcement and first responder personnel in Boone County, as well as those serving across the state of Missouri. The facility design includes a 160-seat training room; a defense tactics room; an indoor tactical gun range; and a large indoor “warehouse” area for traffic stop training, scenario-based training, building search training, school resource officer training, crisis intervention training, domestic violence response training, etc.

Since 2020, the BCSO has lacked a permanent training site for law enforcement deputies. Trainings occurred at a variety of locations throughout the county based on what was available and workable, rather than what was appropriately sized and suitably equipped. The BCSO utilized what was available to train its own deputies, as well as to expand regional training opportunities, such as K9 training for over 40 law enforcement agencies across the state of Missouri. Despite the challenges of such training conditions, BCSO remains a Missouri leader in K9 training, Active Shooter Training, Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), School Resource Officer Training, along with many other specific training courses.

The construction of the Regional Law Enforcement Training Center will not only create a much-needed facility for BCSO deputies, but it will also allow BCSO to expand exceptional regional law enforcement training to partners statewide, improving public safety throughout Missouri.

Construction is expected to be complete by late 2025.