Police Training Facility
STATUS: The location of this project has been moved from the original proposed location. It will now take over an existing city building on the same site as the Public Safety Evidence and Readiness Center - on city-owned land at 134th and Foxfire drives. This project is expected to be complete in November 2021.
The Surprise Police Department employs over 200 personnel, with 146 sworn members. The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST) requires eight (8) hours of continuous education per year, per officer, and eight (8) hours of proficiency training every year, per officer. The use of a dedicated Police Training Facility will allow the Surprise Police Department to teach required training courses numerous times each year for Surprise Police and other valley agencies, and store related training equipment when not in use.
The Police Department will utilize the existing Police Property and Evidence facility on Litchfield Road, north of Bell Road, and repurpose it for the Police Training Facility.
The existing 8,500 square foot building will undergo an interior reconfiguration to accommodate a defensive tactics room, firearms simulation room, classroom, locker rooms and other support spaces. This design meets AZPOST’s proficiency training requirements to include a mat room for defensive tactics, and a dedicated room for a Firearms Simulator.
The existing Property and Evidence infrastructure (shelving, freezer, drying equipment, etc.) will be removed as part of the interior demolition phase of the project. The building site will also be modified to accommodate simulated traffic incidents and other outdoor training activities.
The total approximate cost to design and renovate this project is $1.9 million.
This project supports the City of Surprise City Council’s Strategic Plan Public Safety Goal 2 to provide public safety workers with the tools and training necessary to meet community public safety needs and Goal 2a which enhances the effectiveness of Police training functions by expanding its infrastructure, including the capability to conduct scenario-based training.