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The Johnson City Police Department opened its new $1.4 million Police Training Facility Thursday (Oct. 17) afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

City commissioners and administrators, police officers and former police chiefs joined Johnson City Police Chief Karl Turner for the occasion. The 5,000-square-foot building, located at the Rick Collins Police Training Complex on Bull Rowland Boulevard, replaces portable classroom buildings, doubling the space previously available.

“This new building gives the department a safe and comfortable environment with modern amenities to conduct training for our officers and law enforcement personnel from around the region,” said Chief Turner.  

The multiuse facility includes a 60-person classroom, conference room, administrative offices, a file room, a large storage area, and a small kitchen.

“We will use this facility to conduct all state required in-service and specialized training classes, including those we provide to outside agencies,” said Johnson City Police Department Sgt. Keith Sexton, who oversees the department’s Training Unit. “This space will be used for hiring assessments, meetings, conferences, and to host programs from professional law enforcement training entities.”

Construction of the new building began June 30, 2018. It is the centerpiece of the training complex, which was dedicated in memory of the late Police Training Officer Rick Collins in 2017.