Work starts on police training center in SW Idaho

Construction has started on a $5.4 million police training center in southwest Idaho.

Meridian Police Department officials tell KBOI-TV that it will be one of the most advanced police training centers in the country.

The facility will have three training classrooms in the main building and an emergency simulation room.

There will also be a course for police dogs to search for drugs and people.

The department says it eventually plans to install a gun range.

The training center will also be used by police in surrounding cities.

Meridian police say they would like the facility to become a destination training spot for agencies from farther away, possibly bringing revenue to the area.

The first phase of the training center is scheduled to be finished by July 2015.