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To the editor:
As training director of Adamax Tactical Academy, I am obligated
to set the record straight about some comments made by a candidate
about our facility during the sheriff's race.
Adamax is located
on privately owned property. The sheriff's department had a
non-written agreement to use the land prior to our arrival. We
co-exist on that portion and lease an adjacent parcel. Adamax solely funded
all improvements to the land, which will revert
over to county control at the end of the lease.
Department was offered the same opportunities for free training
as the [Logan County] Sheriff's Department. When these offers
were continually rebuffed, we stopped offering.
Lincoln PD has
always been obliged for range use requests. In 2013 we received
zero requests. Lincoln PD did utilize the range in 2011 and
For any agency to
use the range, we organize scheduling between that agency, the
sheriff's department and our classes. We only ask for advance
notice to coordinate events, that users clean up after
themselves and repair any damages. Adamax built (at our expense)
and provided targets stands for guest police agencies to use
until 2013, when they fell into disrepair from lack of
maintenance by the users.
By installing a
gate and range control measures, we have decreased the liability
exposure to Logan County as opposed to having an open range
[to top of second column in this letter]
For a while we had
a reoccurring issue with Lincoln PD leaving the facility in
disorder after their use; which including finding beer cans in
the trash mixed in with their used targets and ammunition boxes.
contractual training with MTU 10, which underwrites law
enforcement training at no cost to local agencies at our
facility. The portion of our classes that do charge tuition are
at rates significantly less than comparable courses elsewhere.
For example, our SWAT class is priced at $400 for a week. The
NIPAS class is over $1,000. In the fall of 2013, Lincoln PD sent
three officers to our SWAT class.
In 2013, Adamax provided the local
economy with 980 student-days. At a minimum, that is 980 lunches
eaten at local establishments — not to mention dinners, fuel and
sundry items bought by students. Our weeklong classes have a
Tuesday night tradition of eating at Guzzardo's downtown.
Approximately 300 motel rooms were booked due to classes last
year. We use local contractors for maintenance and repairs.
Adamax is a positive influence on Lincoln and Logan County. The
citizens we interact with have been pleasant experiences. The local
vendors have provided outstanding service. We are proud to be a part
of the community.
Adamax training director
March 10, 2014]
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