- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 2, 2017

BIRCHWOOD, Alaska (AP) - Construction at an Alaska police training facility is nearing completion and project managers have said it should open this fall.

The Southcentral Law Enforcement Tactical Training Center in Birchwood will have four shooting ranges for local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Construction is expected to cost $4.6 million, the land was purchased for $1.95 million, and the project design costs were approximately $487,000, said Alan Czajkowski, director of maintenance and operations for the Anchorage Public Works Department.

The project has been in the works for more than 10 years, the Chugiak-Eagle River Star (https://bit.ly/2w5WWro ) reported Sunday.

The Alaska Legislature appropriated millions of dollars to design the facility and secure the land for the project. Crews began clearing the property in 2016, Czajkowski said.

Alaska law enforcement agencies currently train their staff at private facilities, public buildings and a shooting range at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, a United States military facility in Anchorage, said representatives from the Anchorage Police Department and the Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers, police and Village Public Safety Officers from communities around the state train at the Department of Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka in a complex built nearly 50 years ago, Alaska State Troopers said.

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