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As The Public Demands Increased Training For Police – KPD Chief Patton Ramps Up Training In Repurposed Facility

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Kenosha Police Officers Train Removing Combative Subjects From Vehicles Wednesday Morning
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

The old Kenosha Fire Department located at the southeast corner of 22nd Ave and Washington Rd. has been repurposed to enhance the Kenosha Police Department’s training. The old dilapidated station was rehabbed and turned into a building dedicated to one thing – training the best police officers around.

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KCE and other local media outlets were invited to tour the facility Wednesday morning. Made possible by community partners, there was great cost associated with the new center, including a state-of-the-art Virtual Reality training simulator.

Among the sponsors:

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Niagra Bottling
Lee Mechanical
Ruffolo’s Salon
Home Heating and Cooling
and St. Mary’s Lutheran Church

Kenosha Police Chief Pat Patton
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Kenosha Police Chief Pat Patton stressed the need for a strong training program and was thankful to City leaders for passing a budget that allowed him to expand the training. “The public is demanding better training and I want to deliver on that,” said Patton.

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Kenosha Police Officers Train Removing Combative Subjects From Vehicles Wednesday Morning
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Patton says that ideally, the City will eventually have a newer building that is designed just for training. “This building was built and designed for the fire department,” he told the media Wednesday. Patton and his training division, headed by Captain Dilhoff, Sgt. Handcock, and Officer Tetrick seem to be making the best of what they have. KCE saw leaky pipes and a plumber arrived while we were touring the facility to fix some pipes burst by the weather.

VR Tech for Training Simulator
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Officer Tetrick, Training Officer, Kenosha Police
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

The second floor, that used to be a bunk house, has a “mat room” where officers can safely train in hand-to-hand skills and other physical tactics. It also has a new virtual reality training simulator. Officers can be introduced into an array of scenarios that the operator can custom taylor based on the officer’s actions.

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TMJ4 News Reporter Jeff Zampanti
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

TMJ4 News Reporter Jeff Zampanti gave the VR simulator a go. He was in a tavern with two subjects that were armed with knives. One attacked Zampanti, but Zampanti was able to neutralize the threat – not before being stabbed.

(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

With the advances in training, the Kenosha Police Department hopes to strongly align with its new core values – R.I.S.E. Respect, Integrity, Service, and Excellence.

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Kenosha Police Officers Train
(Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

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  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.

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16 Responses

  1. This is fantastic news. Uptown is the perfect place for a KPD training facility. Kudos to the KPD & all the business sponsors. Thank you to everyone involved!

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    1. Actually, this is in Washington Park; the former Fire Station 3 is Uptown. I’ve seen KPD squads parked there as well.

  2. The most important training need of Kenosha police officers is ethics training. They need to be taught to tell the truth when they write reports and testify under oath. The culture needs to change to eliminate the peer pressure to lie and plant evidence. One of the “new” core values is the word “integrity” in the R. I. S. E. Please make sure this actually means something.

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  3. We can ever stand still I love the fact this is available, my question is-is it mandatory a on a regular basis for each officer.

  4. We can ever stand still I love the fact this is available, my question is-is it mandatory a on a regular basis for each officer.

  5. A must ! Repurpose Fire station in uptown as a satellite police station. Where bike and foot patrols could have easy access to a troubled neighborhood and for the department to become a part of the neighborhood.
    As for training- I believe the core of this training program should be based onTao Jujitsu (the arresting art ) which allows the officer to be in control of a situation without resorting to weapons early in the confrontation.

  6. Can someone shed light on why this is needed for training, when as taxpayers we support a techincal college that houses a police academy? Duplicative expense? I fully support LE, and glad to see a vacant building with purpose.

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