County Cuts Ribbon on new Public Safety Training Academy
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and other County and state officials took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the brand new Public Safety Training Academy (PSTA) located at 8751 Snouffer School Road in Gaithersburg.
The new PSTA is part of the Montgomery County Multi Agency Service Park. Its opening marks the completion of the eighth project and final construction of a new facility in Leggett’s Smart Growth Initiative. The SGI, introduced by the County Executive in 2008, represents a bold program designed to provide critically needed public facilities by leveraging County-owned land for use in job creation and in providing transit-oriented housing.
Also on hand for the ribbon cutting were County Council members Nancy Floreen, Marc Elrich, Sidney Katz and Hans Riemer; Congressman John Delaney, Police Chief J. Thomas Manger, Fire Chief Scott E. Goldstein, Department of Transportation Director Al Roshdieh, Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Director Robert Green, and Department of General Services Director David Dise.
"It is especially gratifying that we are opening our eighth new facility today in my Smart Growth Initiative which continues the vision of using our County’s building site resources to their greatest potential,” said Leggett. “Through this initiative we have built a world-class public safety training facility that will have a positive impact on the preparedness of our public safety personnel and the safety of our County for decades to come.”
“Montgomery County residents are rightly proud of our public safety force,” said Council President Floreen. “The opening of the new Public Safety Training Academy represents a terrific next step in ensuring our personnel get the top-notch training and continuing education that help to make our county the envy of jurisdictions across the country.”
The former PSTA located at 9710 Great Seneca Highway in Rockville, was completed in 1973. Since then, the training needs of public safety agencies have changed significantly. The PSTA houses the specialized training programs for all new law enforcement officers hired by Montgomery County’s Department of Police, Office of the Sheriff, Rockville City Police, Gaithersburg Police, Takoma Park Police, Chevy Chase Village Police, the Maryland-National Capital Park Police-Montgomery County, and the Office of the Fire Marshal. The PSTA also houses functional training programs for all career and volunteer fire and emergency personnel in the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. Department of Transportation Ride On bus operators and Department of Correction and Rehabilitation staff will also receive training here.