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AACOG's regional law enforcement academy gets equipment donation

Special to the Courier

A law enforcement officer undergoes scenario training in a mock apartment at the AACOG law enforcement academy.

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AACOG's Alamo Regional Law Enforcement Academy has moved to new and larger digs, complete with some generously donated training equipment. Members of local law enforcement agencies take training classes at the Academy.

AACOG's Alamo Regional Law Enforcement Academy recently accepted a donation of law enforcement training equipment from Global Priority Security (GPS), a Zachry Corporation subsidiary, and entered into a new lease agreement for the former GPS training facilities, located at 12625 Wetmore Road, Suite 436 in San Antonio.
The new 20,700 square foot training facility will house the Academy, as well as AACOG's Homeland Security, Regional 9-1-1, and Criminal Justice Planning programs.
The facility includes six classrooms, 13 offices, two reception areas, a break room, three police training simulators, restrooms with showers, storage space, a gym-weight room, a closed-circuit camera system, a fully-furnished mock apartment for scenario training, a mock holding cell for tactics training, a mock police dispatch operations center, a "sally port" garage area for outdoor and low-light scenario training, and parking spaces for 65 with the potential for more.
The training equipment is state-of-the-art and is valued at $1.2 million. Other office items, facility improvements, and the finish-out of the facility bring the total value of the donation to more than $2.5 million.
"We were very honored when GPS contacted us regarding the donation of this high-tech training equipment. The equipment will enable us to increase the level of training we are able to provide and to continue the training mission GPS initially set out to provide in the Alamo region," said Diane Rath, AACOG Executive Director.
The donation will enable AACOG to really expand the Academy's course offerings to officers in Bandera County and throughout the region.
In 2014, 23 officers from the Bandera County Sheriff's Office took nine different courses at AACOG for a total of 136 continuing education hours.
This new facility has three state-of-the-art virtual training simulators that will allow officers to train in scenarios such as active shooter in schools and movie theaters.
For a tour of the facility or more information, please contact Marcela Medina at 210- 362-5250 or mmedina@aacog.com.