SC Criminal Justice Academy cadets had an unofficial stamina test today as they stood in the cold rain while the governor, lawmakers, and law enforcement dignitaries paid tribute to what will become a new state-of-the-art training facility.
The official groundbreaking of the $14 million Basic Training Village begins an 18-month construction phase, says South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy Director Hubert Harrell.
(Director Harrell interviewed at groundbreaking event MP3 1:34)
CJA Director Hubert Harrell
The funds did not come from tax dollars, but from $5 surcharges included in tickets and traffic violations. Lexington Senator Jake Knotts, who spoke at the event, says he is proud of the academy. “This is the biggest thing in law enforcement in 30 years for South Carolina,” says Knotts.
Harrell says the village should be ready to use in about 18 months. The fenced facility have a four-story dorm, a gym, a dining facility, a classroom building and office space. The cadets will be sequestered for their 12 weeks of training.
“We’ll be able to intensify what we do with them and maybe turn out a better recruit,” says Director Harrell.