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'City within a warehouse' provides unique tactical training in Meridian

'City within a warehouse' provides unique tactical training in Meridian

MERIDIAN, Idaho (KBOI) - A training facility catering to law enforcement officers and the generic public is now open, providing hands-on experience dealing with active shooters and other scenarios.

The owners of Forward Movement Training Center in Meridian say several vehicles, a house and even a bank within their facility provide areas for training you can't get for hundreds of miles. They held a two-day course for 23 officers from eight agencies, including Nampa and Meridian Police Departments, on Monday and Tuesday.

The house features 2,100 square feet, five bedrooms and two bathrooms.
 
"Civilians, they can come in and use the house," said Christen Schneider, owner of the facility. "They can learn about how to defend themselves if somebody were to break in in the middle of the night, how to clear rooms. We have self-defense courses that we're going to be teaching."
 
A bank is also within the warehouse near downtown Meridian at 125 West Taylor Street.
 
"It's been fully mocked-up to look like a real bank," Schneider said. "We have everything from the branch manager's desk to some cubicles and a teller line and even the cameras above the teller line."
 
Beyond applications for police, the owner said she hopes bank employees will find the space useful to better prepare them for robberies.
 
It's a "city within a warehouse," and Schneider hopes Forward Movement, which she said is unlike any other facility in Idaho, becomes a "training destination."
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