Bonds to be sold for new facility

The City Council unanimously voted to fund and build a police training facility Wednesday.

The council agreed to sell $15 million worth of revenue bonds for the project. Annual payments are expected to be around $1.75 million. The money will come from discretionary city funds.

The center complex will be located at 14902 NE Airport Way, It will be the first of its kind for the Police Bureau.

"This vote and purchase is a historic moment for the City of Portland and Portland Police Bureau,' Mayor Sam Adams said after the vote. 'This facility, the first ever in modern times, will be a state-of-the-art police training center used by the Police Bureau as well as other city bureaus, and is an investment for the future of public safety.'

Police Chief Mike Reese praised the vote, saying, 'In many respects, this is the single most significant Council vote of its kind for the future of police training in Portland As a result of this purchase, the Police Bureau will be able to provide mandatory training much more efficiently, eliminating officers' and trainers' travel time and variable costs from third-party vendors.'

The purchase of a training facility was one of Mayor Adams's 2011 State of the City goals. Reese also prioritized acquiring property and a building that could serve as a training center.

The bureau currently contracts for training to occur at multiple locations in the tri-county area. Officers must drive more than 25 miles from one venue to another, impacting the amount of actual training time.

Housing all of the training disciplines in one central venue is expected to generate significant cost savings and increase efficiencies. It is also expected to improve the bureau's ability to provide scenario-based training using all the various disciplines in one location.

'We are grateful to the City Council and community members for their support of this training facility and the Portland Police Bureau,' said Reese. 'We look forward to working with our new Training Advisory Council and concentrating on providing exceptional training to meet the changing complexities of modern American policing.'

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