IHCC Receives Grants for New Law Enforcement Training Center


Indian Hills Community College announced it received three grants to support the creation of a new training facility for current and future law enforcement officers.

The Van Buren Foundation, Inc., the Community Foundation of Van Buren County, and the Mahaska County Community Foundation have each awarded the college $10,000 to help renovate 10,600 square feet of existing space at the Workforce Training Center on the Indian Hills North Campus in Ottumwa. The center is expected to be available for training during the spring of 2023.

“Currently, our criminal justice program is nomadic. They move around our campus and use any available space for things like hand-to-hand combat training or search and seizures. This space, however, will be their own. The center will also be used to provide ongoing training to current law enforcement officers from throughout IHCC’s 10-county region.”Dr. Matt Thompson, President of Indian Hills Community College

The center will include a multipurpose training room with movable walls so the instructors can configure the space as they need it. Other features will include an evidence collection laboratory, a virtual reality training space, classrooms, and locker room facilities.

The renovation is expected to start this winter.

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