A new Kentucky State Police Academy is now open in Frankfort. State Police took control of the former Career Development Center in July.
Thursday, Governor Steve Beshear, along with Justice Cabinet leaders and KSP officials, gave the public its first look of how the former prison is now being used as a police training center.
"It's a novel plan that preserves and strengthens our ability to protect the public," Governor Beshear says.
The Justice Cabinet had plans for a new training academy for State Police for years. Now, what was in the books came to life.
"This is going to give us a chance to really develop and deliver even a greater product to the Commonwealth and to the citizens. We're so excited about it," says Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer.
The 362 acre area relieves the once cramped space. What wasn't conducive to police training, now is.
"It doubles our bed space. We can sleep twice as many people as we currently could. The kitchen is much larger and there are three classrooms ready made," Brewer says.
He also says they now have room on the site for a firing range, driving track and other essentials for police training.
A better future for the academy, means a better future for the Bluegrass.
"I think it really gives them the tools that they need in their toolbox to really turn out a 21st century trooper, which is what we're really excited about," Brewer says.
Commissioner Brewer also says the complex provides space for housing troopers during special events like the World Equestrian Games or other large scale happenings around the state.
The facilities were part of a minimum security prison. It closed earlier this year because the number of those prisoners is shrinking.
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