State opens new criminal justice training center - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

State opens new criminal justice training center

Posted by Bryan Henry  -  bio | email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -From the very old to the very new.

"Training is the lifeblood of any professional police officer," said Col. Chris Murphy, Director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety.

And that training took on even more significance with the governor along with state and local leaders cutting the ceremonial ribbon Thursday morning, slicing away from the past at Craig Field to the new Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center at Wallace Community College.

The facility has 6 buildings including two dorms and the latest training techniques.

Governor Bob Riley, for example, got into a simulator designed to teach trooper recruits all the things they need to know when they're behind the wheel during a chase or an emergency.

"It's better to crash and burn here than on the road," said Captain Damon Summers.

In all the training center offers 25 courses, a combination of academics and the practical side of law enforcement.

Long overdue according to Terry King, an instructor at the academy and a veteran trooper.

"It got to the point where the air wouldn't work in the summer time and the heat wouldn't work in the winter," King said of the old buildings built in the 1950's.

The new center costs a little more than $24 million. You have to wonder where the money came from during an era of proration and state budget cuts.

State leaders say the money came from an education bond issue in which Alabama borrowed $1 billion in 2007 when times were good. Even though the economy has since soured, the Alabama Speaker of the House says he has no regrets.

"This had to be done. While the old facility is only a few miles away from this new one, they're light years apart," said Speaker Seth Hammett.

WSFA 12 News has learned 7 other Alabama cities lobbied to have the training center built in their towns but the governor felt it made sense to keep it in Selma. This time on the campus of Wallace Community College.

"Historically it's always been here and Selma was the foundation for it," said Mr. Riley.

While the politicians look at the center with a source of pride troopers like Damon Summers feel the pride in a different way. It's more personal.

The trooper seal is embedded in the foyer floor on the both ends of the academic building.

"This is our identity," said Summers.

No small thing for those who put it on the line every single day.

©2010 WSFA. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

 

  • NewsMore>>

  • Slain Colorado mom painted happy picture of married life

    Slain Colorado mom painted happy picture of married life

    Friday, August 17 2018 2:14 AM EDT2018-08-17 06:14:36 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 3:13 PM EDT2018-08-17 19:13:48 GMT
    (The Colorado Bureau of Investigation via AP). This photo combo of images provided by The Colorado Bureau of Investigation shows, from left, Bella Watts, Celeste Watts and Shanann Watts.  The Frederick Police Department said Chris Watts was taken into ...(The Colorado Bureau of Investigation via AP). This photo combo of images provided by The Colorado Bureau of Investigation shows, from left, Bella Watts, Celeste Watts and Shanann Watts. The Frederick Police Department said Chris Watts was taken into ...

    Shanann Watts' Facebook page painted a portrait of a happy married life - of a woman dedicated to her husband and their two young children.

    More >>

    Shanann Watts' Facebook page painted a portrait of a happy married life - of a woman dedicated to her husband and their two young children.

    More >>
  • Manafort judge says he's received threats, won't name jurors

    Manafort judge says he's received threats, won't name jurors

    Friday, August 17 2018 12:38 AM EDT2018-08-17 04:38:45 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 3:12 PM EDT2018-08-17 19:12:48 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). Television cameras are set up outside of federal court as jury deliberations are set to begin in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). Television cameras are set up outside of federal court as jury deliberations are set to begin in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.

    The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has ended its first day of deliberations.

    More >>

    The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has ended its first day of deliberations.

    More >>
  • White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

    White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

    Monday, August 13 2018 1:38 AM EDT2018-08-13 05:38:00 GMT
    Friday, August 17 2018 3:10 PM EDT2018-08-17 19:10:46 GMT
    Officials are demanding that the EPA act quickly to clean up local water systems testing positive for dangerous levels of PFAS. (Source: Raycom Media)Officials are demanding that the EPA act quickly to clean up local water systems testing positive for dangerous levels of PFAS. (Source: Raycom Media)

    Officials are demanding that the EPA act quickly to clean up local water systems testing positive for dangerous levels of chemicals used in nonstick cookware, fast-food wrappers and much more.

    More >>

    Officials are demanding that the EPA act quickly to clean up local water systems testing positive for dangerous levels of chemicals used in nonstick cookware, fast-food wrappers and much more.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly