McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the McHenry County Board, Village of Cary, Cary Police Department, Algonquin Police Department, McHenry Police Department, and Lake in the Hills Police Department, celebrated the grand opening of the McHenry County Regional Training Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, November 8.
McHenry County Chairman Mike Buehler, Village of Cary Mayor Mark Kownick, and Sheriff Robb Tadelman had the opportunity to speak on the official opening of the training center. Mayor Kownick made note of McHenry County municipalities’ unique ability to collaborate, making this multijurisdictional center possible. Father Keith Romke performed the invocation, blessing the facility and asking for the safety of all McHenry County first responders.
McHenry County Regional Training Center is a law enforcement training center with 10,000 square feet of educational space including two classrooms, a mat room, and two conference rooms. The building, which was once Cary Village Hall and police station, underwent a complete renovation, turning administrative offices into a state-of-the-art training center.
Previously, McHenry County police officers would travel across Chicagoland for trainings, often disrupting shift schedules and compiling costs. Sheriff Tadelman explained that “with the McHenry County Regional Training Center, we can keep McHenry County police officers trained to high standards efficiently and affordably by hosting trainings in their backyard.”
Retired Sheriff Bill Prim and Cary Police Chief Patrick Finlon were also in attendance and received honorary plaques for their contributions to making this idea a reality.
McHenry County Regional Training Center hosted its first classes in early October. McHenry County Regional Range, which is a complimentary building to the training center, is expected to open in the spring of next year.