Howard G. Buffett Foundation Awards $15 Million for Police Training

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has pledged $15 million toward construction of a new police training facility in Decatur, Illinois, WSOY reports.

To be owned and operated by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, the center will include a two-story administrative building with a mock court room, a mock jail booking facility, scenario rooms, training rooms, and other facilities; a twenty-lane indoors weapons range; and a  23,000-square-foot building with ninety beds for the  housing of trainees. The project, which is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2017, is the result of a collaboration with  the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Decatur, and the Decatur Police Department.

"I have had the opportunity to serve as an auxiliary deputy and undersheriff with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office for over four years," said Howard G. Buffett, chair and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. "During that time, I have gained significant insight into the needs of law enforcement. Working with the sheriff’s office and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board to build this facility directly aligns with our foundation’s goals of creating jobs and supporting local businesses in the Decatur area, as well as enhancing the quality of life and public safety of the region as whole."