Leupold & Stevens hosts first official meeting of JROC Foundation
The Joint Regional Operations Center (JROC) Foundation, a newly formed non-profit organization designed as a public-private partnership for law enforcement training, held its first official meeting today with local law enforcement leaders.
“It was our distinct pleasure to host JROC and members of the local law enforcement community. We are committed to making the world’s best tactical optics and have a long history of working directly with local and national law enforcement to ensure they have the right tools and solutions to get the job done.“
CEO of Leupold & Stevens, Inc.
Bryan Lynott, founder of JROC and owner of 83 acres of open, permitted training land near Timber, Ore., in rural western Washington County, presented to 16 representatives of law enforcement agencies and listened to their input about current training demands.
“I created JROC because we know if we don’t start spurring on the construction of this center now, two decades will pass while we wait for agency agendas and political stars to align for the public sector to create a regional training center on its own,” said Lynott.
The meeting hosted by JROC and Beaverton-based Leupold & Stevens marked the first time that Washington County Police command staff have met in one room to discuss the new joint training center concept under this non-profit, private-public partnership model.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office recently visited the property, and numerous deputies have already trained on the site, which is a former rock quarry. The Sheriff’s Office signed a memorandum of understanding in August 2013 to ensure deputies could continue to train on the site since Lynott, an Aloha businessman, bought the property near Timber.
Lynott, who is also a retired Oregon National Guard infantry officer, is currently assembling a board comprised primarily of representatives from law enforcement agencies and elected officials who would set the priorities, prices and schedule for the development and use of the training site.
“By developing this regional training venue, agencies can save money on overtime and travel costs by having more readily available training sites right here in Washington County,” Lynott said. “Done right, JROC could attract nationally recognized law enforcement training to our county.”
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has identified the need to locate and establish a long term multifaceted training location as one of their top strategic priorities in 2014.
“The non-profit foundation approach, the desire for a genuine private-public partnership, and the entrepreneurial and civic spirit of Mr. Lynott seem to give this project a unique starting position. The Sheriff’s Office is looking forward to working collaboratively with the JROC foundation and our public safety partners as this project moves forward,” said Commander Willie Bose of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
JROC is modeled on other private-public partnerships in the United States, notably Highlands Ranch Public Safety Training Institute, which serves 63 agencies in the state of Colorado.
Leupold & Stevens, Inc. is the first local business to lend its support to the JROC Foundation by hosting today’s meeting.
The Joint Regional Operations Center is a non-profit law enforcement training center located in rural Washington County. Created by private investment with public partners, JROC Foundation is governed by and for regional law enforcement, military, fire and emergency management officials to ensure the site meets the evolving training needs of the region’s first-responders.
Neil Simon, JROC Public Affairs
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