New $15.5M police training center opens in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia has a new $15.5 million “state-of-the-art” police training center.

Mayor Michael Nutter, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and other city officials were on hand for the unveiling on Thursday.

Ramsey says the 78,000-square-foot facility will provide officers with reality-based training that creates “scenarios that challenge their judgment.”

A U.S. Justice Department audit recommended Philadelphia officers be given more scenario-based training.

The Woodhaven Road building has enough space to simultaneously train 300 recruits and 400 veteran officers, tripling the capacity of the police department’s current training center.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports ( ) the training will include new courses on topics such as de-escalation, fair and impartial policing and problem solving.

Nutter says officers deserve “nothing less than the best in training and facilities that we can offer them.”


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer,

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