YORKVILLE – Kendall County Sheriff's officials announced Monday, Oct. 5 the sheriff's office will start using a new firearms training facility starting this week.
According to a Monday news release from the sheriff's office, the agency will begin to use the new firearm training facility, located at 10040 Joliet Road near Lisbon, to include a range beginning Tuesday, Oct. 6, and Oct. 13.
"This new training facility will greatly expand the training capabilities of the Sheriff’s Office and further our mission to be ready to protect the citizens of Kendall County," sheriff's officials wrote.
Sheriff's officials wrote residents in the immediate area of the new location may hear sounds associated with firearm training, including the sound of gunfire, while the facility is in use. The facility primarily would be used intermittently between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
"Should the need arise to utilize the facility after hours or on a weekend, residents in the area would be notified before such use was to occur," sheriff's officials wrote.
Kendall County Sheriff's Dep. Dan Briars said Monday the sheriff's office is still trying to figure out how residents would be notified of after hours or weekend use for the new location. He said the plan is to try to have residents participate through the sheriff's email and text alert mass notification system.
Briars said the new training location specifically would expand sheriff's office training capabilities for other weapons systems, including handguns, shotguns and rifles.
"The sheriff's office is authorized for semi-automatic weaponry," Briars said.
Briars said the sheriff's office previously used a shooting range off of Route 71.
The update comes after Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird had said the sheriff’s office was looking at adjusting hours at the Route 71 Burlington Northern Santa Fe, or BNSF, shooting range following nearby resident complaints of gunfire. The Kendall County Board also previously approved the sheriff's office using the Oswego Police Department's firearms shooting range, along with several other agencies creating their own similar contracts to use the facility.
Briars said the sheriff's office will continue to use that Route 71 location, as well as the new Joliet Road location and the Oswego Police Department shooting range, for firearm training purposes.