Maryland police training facility opens in Carroll

December 01, 2004|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

At the official opening of the Maryland Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville yesterday, officials punctuated their remarks with gratitude, praise and congratulations and made only scant reference to the 20 years of budget crises, political squabbles and construction delays that nearly sidetracked the $60 million project.

This was a day to celebrate those who kept the center on course, said Mary Ann Saar, secretary of the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

A crowd of about 500 filled the hall for the opening.

Law enforcement officials first identified a need for a comprehensive training center in 1984. The state broke ground on the $44.2 million center about two years ago.

The new center houses classrooms, labs, a library, television and recording studios, and dorms in renovated patient wards that were formerly part of Springfield Hospital.

Patrick Bradley, executive director of the center, said the facility will help the 39,000 certified law enforcement and correctional officers in Maryland do their jobs better.

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