On Tuesday, the city council selected the architect who will design a brand new facility for the police training academy.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – It’s a project that got voters approved last year.
“It’s a huge step forward,” said boss Mike Markle.
The academy is to be built on approximately 5 acres of Del Mar College’s new South Mar campus on Yorktown Blvd. and Rodd Field Road.
The current design is a two-story training facility that includes a number of upgrades to better meet the growing demands of the law enforcement agency.
“We want it to be full service,” said Markle. “We want classrooms. There has to be a gym for training, showers, enough toilets, changing rooms, something we don’t have now. We actually bring porta potties for ours.” I know that sounds awful, but we have to do that. “
The current academy on Corona Drive is several decades old and the 8,000-square-foot building is one that the department simply outgrew, according to Chief Markle.
“We bought the academy that we now use in 1981,” said Markle. “I was there myself 31 years ago. It’s funny, I looked at a picture of my class in the kitchen and it looks the same as it does now.”
Enrollment in the academy has increased by over 60 percent over the past 15 years.
The new building is estimated to be much larger at around 24,000 to 27,000 square meters.
“I don’t want to be mean, but we make it with our academies despite the facilities that we have to use, not because of them, if we can bring in the amenities that increase our game and our attractiveness, then we are.” Just increase the quality of the candidates we get, “said Markle.
The draft phase of the project is expected to take eight months.
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