- (NEW YORK) The search is over for a new Police Academy, and it is going to be spectacular - a 30-acre campus in Queens complete with 250 classrooms, firing ranges, indoor and outdoor tracks, a "tactical village" and a simulated subway station.
The projected price tag is equally breathtaking: $1 billion - and, perhaps, a lot more.
Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced yesterday that the current tow pound in College Point had been selected as the site of the new academy, replacing the woefully inadequate Manhattan facility that opened in 1964.
Our current facilities, aside from the new fitness center, seem woefully dated. The range, the plumbing, the gym, the classrooms, etc. You get the idea? Why hasn't someone come up with an idea for a "Police Campus," centrally located, accessible to metro classes, new everything and in some sort of modular fashion so it can be upgraded as technology moves us forward?
Of course, with the new and improved collapsible concrete floors like they've installed at Headquarters, the brand new leaky roofs in each District station recently built, the constantly going off fire alarms, faulty electrical wiring, overhead doors that don't function as designed along with other numerous safety disas.... we mean, "unique features" prevalent in so much City construction, it's amazing that some politically connected big thinker hasn't come up with something.
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