The Plano police department does not have a shooting range for its police officers, but it will soon be using the Oswego police department's new indoor range.
A request for permission to use the Oswego range was presented to Plano City Council members at a recent meeting. Council members took no action on the agreement but are expected to do so at an upcoming meeting.
Plano Police Chief Jonathon Whowell said the Oswego range is open around the clock, so practice can take place at any time. Use of the facility would be free to Plano, he added.
"It will help us (state) qualify new officers and the facility will be available in case it is needed immediately. And we can do a lot more with night shoots," he said. "We will take our own ammunition and trainers and will work in conjunction with Oswego. It's an indoor range so weather is no problem."
Plano also has its own insurance in case someone might be injured at the range.
"The agreement is for us to use the Oswego range and the training rooms at their location including their mat room for defensive tactics training," Whowell said.
Oswego's range is located in the village's new $30 million police station on Woolley Road, just east of Plainfield Road. The station was dedicated last fall.
"This was extremely gracious of the village of Oswego, the Oswego Police Department and its members. Oswego Chief Jeff Burgner and Deputy Chief James Jensen reached out to us to offer us the use of the great facility," he said..
Whowell said the Oswego Police Department has always worked well with the Plano Police Department and other Kendall County agencies to strive to have the best trained officers possible for Plano's Kendall County residents.
Plano Police Lt. Norm Allison said the Plano Police Department will be utilizing Oswego's indoor range to get in extra range practice time and to run their annual state required qualifications for their officers.
"Each officer must qualify annually through a state approved course of fire to meet the minimum training qualifications to maintain certification levels," Allison said.
And every new officer hired also must qualify before being able to work on the street, Whowell added.
"We have range dates throughout the year to practice and run through courses of fire and qualifications but annually we must report to the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board," he added
"The ability to utilize the beautiful and highly professional training facilities is a priceless gesture of cooperation and we are extremely thankful for them.
"The use of this range will be an additional training time to the standard long-time range agreement Plano has with the Kendall County Sheriffs Department," Whowell said.
He thanked Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird for his efforts to provide training and facilities to Kendall County law enforcement.
"We have been doing all our training at the Kendall County Sheriff's range and will also continue to use that range," he said.