Amarillo Police Set to Break Ground on New Training Facility

Sgt. Brent Barbee
Sgt. Brent Barbee
Sgt. Tim Williams
Sgt. Tim Williams
Sgt. Steve Mitchell
Sgt. Steve Mitchell

The Amarillo Police Department will soon move in to a one-of-a-kind training facility.

Officials with the APD say they expect other law enforcement agencies to travel hundreds of miles, just to use this new facility.

"They've had a chance to go in and pick out the best things. And put them all in one place so I think that's what really makes it state of the art," said Sgt. Brent Barbee.

The east edge of the building will coincide with this burm, and the structure will also utilize this explosives range already in use.

When it is completed it will look identical to the structure already in place.

"It really gives us an unlimited access to make realistic training," said Sgt. Tim Williams.

The APD has been planning this facility for over three years, and the SWAT team has been heavily involved.

And they hope to open the doors to others.

"It's going to enhance the training capabilities for all the officers with APD and the surrounding region," said Sgt. Steve Mitchell.

And the training opportunities are endless.

"We can take past situations that officers have been involved with and literally rebuild that situation down to the manner of dress for the bad guy," said Sgt. Barbee.

Training officials say they can now train multiple officers at one time.

Something they've never been able to do in their own facility.

A grant is funding this half million dollar project, and construction should start in a few weeks.