Gilbert breaks ground on Public Safety Training Facility

Town officials turn dirt at the May 20 Public Safety Training Facility groundbreaking. From left are Town Manager Patrick Banger, Council Member Jordan Ray, Council Member Scott Anderson, Council Member Brigette Peterson, Vice Mayor Eddie Cook, Mayor Jenn Daniels, police Chief Michael Soelberg, Deputy Town Manager Leah Hubbard and fire Chief Jim Jobusch.

Town officials turn dirt at the May 20 Public Safety Training Facility groundbreaking. From left are Town Manager Patrick Banger, Council Member Jordan Ray, Council Member Scott Anderson, Council Member Brigette Peterson, Vice Mayor Eddie Cook, Mayor Jenn Daniels, police Chief Michael Soelberg, Deputy Town Manager Leah Hubbard and fire Chief Jim Jobusch.

The town of Gilbert held a groundbreaking ceremony for its Public Safety Training Facility on May 20.

The town will build the facility with funds mostly from a bond sale that voters approved in November.

The training facility will consist of multiple tactical, prop and classroom structures; a shooting range; and a driver training track. It will be used to train police officers, firefighters and other first responders.

Construction at 6860 S. Power Road, Gilbert, will begin in June and is expected to last 24 months. www.gilbertaz.gov
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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