APD officers say new training center will not only improve safety, but save valuable time

Atlanta police gave Channel 2 Action News video that they say shows the need for the new public safety training facility.

They say the time-lapse video reveals how long it takes officers to drive from Atlanta to Monroe County where they currently train.

It’s more than an hour and a half one-way in heavy traffic.

“Do you believe that in the early going, certain people hijacked the narrative about the new Atlanta Public Safety Training Center?” Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne asked Atlanta Police Assistant Chief Carven Tyus.

“Absolutely,” Tyus said.

The Atlanta Police Department said the department shot its own time-lapse video of the trip an officer recently made to the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Monroe County for important training on the state’s track.

“We don’t have our own place for vehicle training,” Tyus said.

That will change when the controversial new Atlanta Public Safety Training Center opens.

“That is 60 miles one-way, about an hour drive. So, if that officer’s going down there for a weeklong course, that’s 10 hours that that officer’s on the road. So that’s an additional day of training that officers could’ve had somewhere else honing their skills,” Tyus said.

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