Feb 19, 2024
NC counties updated on joint public safety training facility

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A North Carolina joint public safety training facility is under work that will serve the Cabarrus County, Concord, and Kannapolis communities.

Part of the updates include an indoor firearms training facility, as the Kannapolis Police Department currently utilizes an outdoor facility.

A recent story from the Salisbury Post detailed the updates to the North Carolina county public safety training facility. Below is an excerpt from the Salisbury Post story.

“It accomplishes what needs to be done, but it’s still very, very primitive by today’s standards,” Smith said. “We’re at that stage now with the county growing and the respected cities growing at such a rate as they are, we really need to improve these facilities.”

The first phase will be applied to law enforcement. The plan is to construct an indoor shooting range that could house “up to 20 lanes” and a tactical driving course. Smith said the in-door aspect of the facility will make scheduling sessions there much easier. It could take three to five years before the first phase is fully realized.

It’s up in the air if Kannapolis will engage with the fire training safety facet of the facility. The second phase is “still a long ways away” and Smith said it might not be “necessary” for Kannapolis to be a part of it. The city has access to the Rowan Cabarrus Community public safety training facility, which is closer to Kannapolis and will have more availability once the Cabarrus County space is operational.

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There have been focus groups with “all the entities” to share their training schedules and storage requirements. Smith said Kannapolis does not need the storage facility and will not pay for that portion of it. 

To read the full story from the Salisbury Post, click here.