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At a ceremony today led by Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), the first building of the new LVMPD Reality Based Training Center was unveiled.

The center’s first phase includes two buildings totaling 150,000 square feet. The first building is near completion and includes classrooms, simulators, equipment dispensaries and a secure garage.

LVMPD Reality-based Training Center Ribbon-cutting Ceremony

The second building will be an indoor, climate-controlled tactical training village with simulated venues including gas stations/convenience stores, casinos, banks, and even sports venues including a hockey arena and football stadium to train for personal and citizen defense in active shooter situations. Phase two planning is under development with its timeline to be determined by funding availability.

“While our community’s crises over the past few years elevated the need for a state-of-the-art training facility to help meet Southern Nevada’s public safety needs, planning for this facility began long before One October or the current pandemic,” said Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, LVMPD.  This multi-jurisdictional training center will ultimately be used by public and private entities state-wide and may eventually be used by law enforcement agencies from across the country.”

According to Sheriff Lombardo, the center will allow for more officers and personnel from other agencies to train together at one time in a quality environment where they can learn to make difficult decisions under stress and de-escalate life threatening situations.

“The LVMPD Foundation is proud of its part in developing this new training center for law enforcement and first responders, and we are grateful to our donors and community partners,” said Tom Kovach, executive director of the LVMPD Foundation. “A quality training environment sharpens skill sets, improves the ability to employ tactics and tools, and helps agencies integrate and provide better service and save lives.”

To date, the $25M project has been funded by private donations of more than $18 million raised by the LVMPD Foundation. Major donors to date include the Engelstad Foundation, Vegas Golden Knights Foundation, MGM Resorts Foundation, Las Vegas Sands Corp., Cirque du Soleil, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and an anonymous donor.

Other donors of significance include Circa, Consumer Technology Association, Las Vegas Raiders, Joel and Kimberly Laub, George Maloof, Network Marketing Pro, Marnell Foundation, South Point Hotel & Casino, The Molasky Group of Companies, Thomas Waddell, Academy of Country Music, Carr Family Foundation, Treasure Island and Wells Fargo Bank.

Project partners include design/build general contractor The Korte Company.