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Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office receives $800,000 grant for updated training | Best Stories

WREX — State and local officials were in Rockford Monday to present the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office with a check for $847,000 for high-level training for area and statewide officers. ‘Illinois.

The $847,000 will help the county get more modern training equipment for law enforcement and renovate the public safety building, which would add two floors for training.



“Eric Sorenson, Senator Durbin, Congressman LaHood and every other Washington legislator felt and understood the need,” said Winnebago County Chairman Joe Chiarelli.

“Winnebago County has a well-trained police force, agencies from all over the region that will come here to be trained on the new technology that this money will go toward. It’s amazing for Winnebago County to having heard the message and supporting it.

Senator Dick Durbin acknowledged the fact that law enforcement has changed and it is important to provide up-to-date training for both officers and community members.

“It reflects the danger facing our society,” Durbin said.

“It also reflects changes in the law and the men and women who enforce the law must prepare for them. They simply cannot rely on the education and experience of years past, so an education in Timely timing is essential.”

The $847,000 will help the county get more modern training equipment for law enforcement and renovate the public safety building, which would add two floors for training.

Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana says the resources already in place, such as classrooms, weight rooms and mat rooms, are already a sign of infrastructure within the justice center and says that the goal of community safety and officer safety is at the forefront of his mind.

“There are a lot of good officers that I’ve known personally, who have, you know, made the ultimate sacrifice and paid for that ultimate sacrifice,” he said.

“I hope that this regional training center will make sure that everyone is well trained, so that this doesn’t happen, that the moment of muscle memory that they learned here saves lives.”

“The officers live in a community, that’s what I’m looking for.”

Senator Durbin told 13 News the facilities they currently use have already trained more than three thousand federal, state and local law enforcement officers and hopes centers like the one in Rockford can inspire more other cities and states to provide up-to-date information. training of their agents.

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