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County formally votes for Law Enforcement Training Center at Wichita State

Sedgwick County and the city of Wichita unanimously approved a letter of intent Tuesday mornning to build a law enforcement training center at Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus. This is an artist’s illustration that shows the planned look of the new law enforcement training center.
Sedgwick County and the city of Wichita unanimously approved a letter of intent Tuesday mornning to build a law enforcement training center at Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus. This is an artist’s illustration that shows the planned look of the new law enforcement training center. File photo

Sedgwick County commissioners have officially approved the proposal to put the law enforcement training center at Wichita State’s Innovation Campus.

“This is a signature moment for this community,” Commissioner Karl Peterjohn said Wednesday.

The unanimous vote came just one day after the leaders of Sedgwick County and the city of Wichita agreed on the Innovation Campus site at a rare joint meeting.

“I know when we get the law enforcement training center operational, it’s going to be wonderful,” Chairman Jim Howell said. “What we’ve done right now is we’ve created partnerships with Wichita.”

The $9.5 million proposal comes from the firm MWCB, LLC.

“I do believe this is the best deal we can get given the circumstances,” said Commissioner Richard Ranzau, who also said a less expensive option would have met law enforcement needs.

The city still needs to vote on its share of the proposal in an open City Council meeting.

Daniel Salazar: 316-269-6791, @imdanielsalazar

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