by: Price McKeon Updated:TULSA, Okla. —
The Tulsa County Sheriff's office broke ground on a new law enforcement training center that law enforcement from around north eastern Oklahoma will use.
FOX23’s Price McKeon talked to officials about how local drug dealers are helping the sheriff's office build the new center.
They broke ground on the Stanley Glanz Law Enforcement Center. FOX23 learned it’s not taxpayers footing the bill, but drug dealers.
“And this training facility is something that we envisioned probably 15 years ago doing,” said Sheriff Stanley Glanz.
Glanz said it will be much more than just for his deputies.
“It’s really going to be a regional training center,” he said.
He said law enforcement from around Green Country will be able to train on the nearly 34 acres property.
He said they plan to open it up to the community too.
“Let's say before deer season you can come up and have a place to sight your rifles,” said Glanz.
FOX23 saw the plans for the 26,000-square-foot training center, a driving track, tactical training village and a 1,600-square-foot range house.
“It looks a little rough now but we’ll have a new exterior be put on it with a brick facade over it,” said Glanz.
But it doesn't stop there.
“We’re going to develop a 911 call center for the county and any other law enforcement agency that wants to talk to us about sharing that,” he said.
FOX23 found out the Sheriff’s Office is paying for this in three ways: bonds sold to buy the land, sheriff's fees people pay to get fingerprinted and a good chuck of money from drug busts.