APD facility nearly complete

Published 1:12 am Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Andalusia Police Department’s new training facility project is nearly completed, Chief Wilbur Williams said Friday.

“I’d say overall, the whole thing about 90 percent complete,” Williams said. “As for the building, I’d put it to nearly 95 percent completed. The walls are painted, fixtures in and electronics being installed every day. We about ready to lay the tile.”

Williams said work should begin next week on the facility’s parking lot, followed by additional grounds work.

Inside the 7,500 square-foot building, contractors were busy putting the finishing touches on the paint and trim, while APD officers worked to install electronic components inside each of the two classrooms.

“Each classroom will have a television, whiteboard, retractable projector screen and complete computer hookups,” Williams said.

“These are going to be state-of-the art outfitted rooms.”

The facility is also outfitted with a garage, he said.

“This portion will afford us a place where we can work on our equipment and where we can house vehicles for investigation, plus we’ve got all the tools we need,” he said.

Williams said he is “hesitant” to schedule the facility’s first class.

“Sometimes you can run into issues, and I don’t want to schedule something and then have to reschedule because something came up,” he said.

“Plus, we still have to get that parking lot finished.”

The facility, which is located off of Academy Drive, sits on a 15-acre parcel adjacent to the department’s firing range, where recent renovations have outfitted it with 20 pistol lanes and a rifle area and a “shoot” house used for close-quarters tactical training.

The bid for the project was awarded in January.

APD Chief Wilbur Williams watches as Inv. Paul Dean installs an overhead projection machine.