New training facility in Ozark

Published 03/19 2014 07:34PM

Updated 03/19 2014 08:50PM

After spending over 15 years in an old training facility The Ozark Police Department figured it was time for an upgrade.

The newly renovated facility was an old elementary school, but now houses major training classrooms which help agencies from all over.

Troop Commander Charles Ward said the agencies need to stay up with the latest techniques.

"The world is changing, society is changing - everything is changing. So you always are learning something and there is always something to learn. So we always must stay sharp and try to encourage one another to continue to learn and improve in everything."

Money for the improvements were not in the budget, so the department sold off M-16 machine guns that were no longer needed.

The new upgrades include the use of smart boards, larger classrooms, interrogation rooms and the latest technology.

"W love having people come from all over the south eastern region whether it be Alabama or the Alabama, Florida, Georgia region. We have been known throughout the years as far as training the amount of training we put on and also the types of training we put on so we love being known as a training hub for this area,” said Captain Bobby Blakenship, Commander of Special Operations.

Last year the training facility helped 72 different agencies with training courses.

Captain Blankenship said this is also a great way for different agencies to work together as a team.

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