The City of Raleigh and the Raleigh Police Department marked the construction phase of the new City of Raleigh Law Enforcement Training Center with a groundbreaking ceremony July 26.
The 60,000-square-foot facility will replace the current, 12,600-square-foot John H. Baker Sr. Police Training Center, which opened in 1988. Funds for the new facility were allocated in the FY17-FY19 budgets for about $26.1 million.
Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane addressed the crowd gathered for the ceremony."Our city has grown rapidly during the last several decades, and we are expected to continue growing for many decades to come,” she said. “A large part of our work on Council is preparing for the future. This training center is an important part of ensuring our police department is prepared.”
Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown was also on site. “Serving and protecting is the fundamental duty of any law enforcement officer,” said Deck-Brown. “The mission statement, which clearly speaks to what our role is on a daily basis, does not come without training, dedication, and the responsibilities that so many of us take to ensure that our officers and our civilian staff are some of the most highly trained in the United States.”
Raleigh City Manager Ruffin Hall spoke about the work of policing. “We can all agree that policing has never been more complicated, difficult, and in many cases, dangerous,” he said. “That's where the value of training comes into play. It's about the value of consistent teaching, learning, and improvements to adapt to changing conditions and new challenges - not just in police, but especially in police.”
About the Law Enforcement Training Center
The Center, which will be at 2320 Law Enforcement Drive, fulfills the terms of the 2007 inter-local agreement for a joint law enforcement training center between the City of Raleigh and Wake County by 2020.
The new state-of-the-art facility is scheduled to open in late 2020 and is projected to achieve LEED-Silver Certification. It will allow the Department to hold multiple basic training academies at the same time, and have administrative office space with consideration for staffing growth to 2040 and beyond. It will also feature a Raleigh Police Department Museum and public art for community engagement.
Partners in the planning and construction of the City of Raleigh Law Enforcement Training Center include the City of Raleigh Construction Management Department, The Raleigh Police Department, Moseley Architects, Messer Construction, and RMF Engineering.