Area law enforcement agencies will soon have a new training facility in Cherokee County.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is building the new training room near its gun range, located north of the detention center. Sheriff Norman Fisher said tax dollars were not used for the building.
“This is something we’ve been trying to work on, and it was built with no money from the taxpayers,” said Fisher. “It was paid for with drug forfeitures and gun sales.”
Local agencies will be able to use the facility for continuing-education classes; and some events, such as firearms courses needed for licensing, could also be offered to the public when the new classroom is complete.
“Taxpayer dollars fund us, so this is one way we can give back to the community. We’ve been needing a place to hold some classes, and for the other agencies if they need a building,” said Fisher. “I’m proud of the men who went to work and worked hard on it. Employees in the sheriff’s office have volunteered their time to work on the inside.”
Tahlequah Lumber employees recently insulated the room, at no cost to the county, in exchange for a training opportunity.
According to Brett Bynum, of Tahlequah Lumber, employees of the company needed a place to train to install spray foam insulation, which the company is introducing.
When the sheriff’s office began shopping for insulation, Tahlequah Lumber offered to donate the spray foam for the building, so its employees could be trained to use the spray foam technology.