What do the Police K-9, S.W.A.T, Ordinance Disposal Unit have in common with each other? A lot of times, they work together on major incidents. Now they can train together too. A brand new, 31,000 foot training facility opened today, August 20 , on the grounds of the Philadelphia Police Academy, at 8501 State Rd.
A brief ribbon cutting ceremony was held that included Mayor Michael Nutter, who arrived 20 minutes late to the ceremony, via a police escort up State Road. The sprawling facility cost $13.5 million dollars to build. It is slated to be a LEED Gold certified building. In short, the building is energy efficient.
It will be available to the 5county regional task force. Specialized units from the five county area,which includes Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware and Chester Counties are able to train there. Part of the building looks like a giant firehouse, with huge roll up doors. That part will house the SWAT vehicles which are very susceptible to being housed in open weather. They are diesel and the facility has the ability to collect the exhaust fumes and dispense them safely.
Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross said, " Our, K-9, Bomb Squad and S,W.A.T. units are incredibly dedicated and work extremely hard on the job. They deserve a state-of-the -art facility in which to train so they can take every precaution to remain safe while putting their lives on the line to keep us safe".
The other part of the building will hold classrooms, office space and locker rooms. The building will also have an armory. Currently,it is vacant with just some office furniture in it. Within a month, it will be up and running 100 percent. It is right next to the target range on the grounds of the police academy.
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