FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Freeholder Mildred S. Scott
Chair, Law and Public Safety Committee
Middlesex County Dedicates Expanded Police Training Center
SEPTEMBER 10, 2010 – More than 50 state, county and local elected officials joined police chiefs and directors from throughout Middlesex County to dedicate the renovated and expanded Middlesex County Police Training Center, which provides quality continuing education to law enforcement officers from Middlesex County and beyond.
A brief ceremony that included the history of the building and the programs held within it was capped off with the dedication of the building in memory of longtime Middlesex County Freeholder Director David B. Crabiel.
“This center is another example of how Middlesex County government serves its people and protects their safety,” said Freeholder Director Christopher D. Rafano. “My Freeholder colleagues and I have a steadfast commitment to those we have been elected to serve. This commitment was long championed by my friend and predecessor, Dave Crabiel. It is with great honor that we dedicate this wonderful facility in his memory.”
This is the first renovation of any kind at the facility, originally built in 1974. The $1.5 million project doubled the facility’s classroom space and created a state-of-the art building that can accommodate 150 people. It houses a computer lab, with full electronic access, a conference room and a dining lounge. There are also individual rooms that house a Driving Simulation System and Firearms Training System.
“The Middlesex County Police Training Center is an incredible asset for our County and local law enforcement personnel,” said Freeholder Mildred S. Scott, chair of the County’s Law and Public Safety Committee. “They receive the most up-to-date, customized course work in a modern facility close to home. The center’s Driving Simulation and Firearms Training systems allow users the opportunity to experience actual on-duty situations in a controlled, risk-free environment.”
Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan said his office, in cooperation with the Middlesex County Association of Chiefs of Police, works to forecast the training needs of County and local law enforcement personnel and then develops the courses and resources to offer the training on site.
“This renovated and expanded building is something law enforcement in Middlesex County can be proud of,” Prosecutor Kaplan said. “Police officers now have a user-friendly building in which to learn, share ideas and practice our profession, all with the sole purpose of bettering ourselves so we can better protect the public and improve the quality of life for those in our community.”
“The need to keep all law enforcement officers in Middlesex County current in mandatory training is critical to our mission in serving the residents of Middlesex County,” said John Kraivec, President of the Middlesex County Association of Chiefs of Police. “As the lead law enforcement officers in Middlesex County we can assure you that this police training center will be used with a great sense of pride and accomplishment.”
The center also serves as a satellite training center for the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and now may be used to educate more law enforcement groups from outside the County.
In addition, the Police Training Center accommodates the Middlesex County “Clean Slate” program for juvenile offenders and provides training space for the Auxiliary Police Academy. The newly designed exterior has transformed the building and the new parking lot accommodates an additional 60 vehicles.