New police training facility in NE

The Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment opened a new “re­gion­al tac­tic­al train­ing fa­cil­ity” in the North­east on Aug. 20. All of the city’s law en­force­ment agen­cies, as well as agen­cies from throughout the re­gion, will be able to study S.W.A.T., or­din­ance (bomb) dis­pos­al and K-9 op­er­a­tions at the fa­cil­ity, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter.

“Pub­lic safety is a crit­ic­al func­tion of city gov­ern­ment, and this fa­cil­ity will give the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment the best pos­sible en­vir­on­ment for train­ing of­ficers to re­spond to pub­lic safety emer­gen­cies,” Nut­ter said. “This new state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity will en­able all three PPD tac­tic­al squads, as well as law en­force­ment agen­cies from around the re­gion, to save time and money by shar­ing re­sources in a space that is cent­rally loc­ated.”

The fa­cil­ity is on the grounds of the Phil­adelphia Po­lice Academy at 8501 State Road. It cov­ers 31,000 square feet and cost $13.5 mil­lion to cre­ate. Train­ees will have dir­ect ac­cess to the po­lice de­part­ment’s ex­ist­ing fir­ing range to “in­crease the ef­fi­ciency and ef­fect­ive­ness of the train­ing provided,” ac­cord­ing to the may­or’s state­ment. The fa­cil­ity is in the pro­cess of achiev­ing LEED Gold Cer­ti­fic­a­tion for the en­vir­on­ment­al con­sid­er­a­tions in­cor­por­ated in­to its design, in keep­ing with the may­or’s Green­works Phil­adelphia plan. If suc­cess­ful, it would be­come the city’s first LEED Gold cer­ti­fied pro­ject. •• 

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