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ASTORINO UNVEILS $9.3 MILLION UPGRADE TO WESTCHESTER POLICE ACADEMY
Capital project includes major renovations and state-of the art crime lab
County Executive Robert P. Astorino today unveiled the newly renovated Westchester County Police Academy following a $9.3 million overhaul to upgrade training facilities and create a new state-of-the-art forensic crime lab.
“This capital project is about much more than bricks and mortar,” Astorino said. “It is about ensuring that police recruits and veteran officers can receive the best training possible for decades to come. It is about ensuring that our crime lab has the sophisticated tools and technology to meet the evolving demands of modern-day policing. It is about ensuring we are doing all we can to keep our people safe.”
Astorino, who proposed the capital project in 2014, was joined at the ceremony by Public Safety Commissioner George N. Longworth and chiefs and commissioners from multiple departments in the county.
Longworth noted that the academy is used by all police departments in Westchester to train their recruits to become police officers. Veteran officers return for lectures, seminars, supervisor school and other significant training throughout their careers. The county police crime lab is also utilized by all law enforcement in Westchester to process evidence and assist with criminal investigation and prosecution, he said.
“This capital project is an investment that pays dividends to every city, town and village police department in Westchester along with the county police,” Longworth said.
The Westchester County Police Academy, located at 2 Dana Road in Valhalla, was built in 1986. The building was shared by the New York National Guard and the Westchester County Department of Public Safety until the Guard vacated in 2011.
Under the recent capital project, the roof, boiler and windows at the 50,000-square foot structure were replaced. The HVAC, lighting, fire alarm and sprinkler systems were upgraded and made more energy-efficient.
To enhance instruction and training, upgrades were made to the Police Academy classrooms, computer room and drill floor. Sophisticated audio-visual equipment was obtained for use by instructors to enhance learning and training. Classrooms 2 and 3 can now be opened up into a single, large room, which will enable the academy to host larger-scale lectures or training than previously.
“Sometimes we had to turn people away because a class was filled to capacity,” Longworth said. “Now we have the means to accommodate everyone when that occurs.”
In addition, an interactive training area was created off the drill floor to enhance training that recruits and tactical teams receive. The hallway-like setting enables scenario-based training for making entry into rooms or buildings and handling crisis-intervention situations and active-shooter incidents. An outdoor interactive training area and obstacle course is also being created on the academy grounds to improve physical and tactical training.
The county police Forensic Investigation Unit, which operates the crime lab, was relocated from police headquarters in Hawthorne to the academy building. The expanded space will permit the crime lab to meet the evolving and rigorous standards required by its accrediting agency – The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board.
“Westchester County has always been a leader in utilizing forensic investigation to solve crime and hold criminals accountable,” Astorino said. “The new crime lab ensures that we can keep that commitment well into the future.”
The crime lab is the only one in New York State to be ASCLAD-accredited in the following five disciplines:
- Firearms (Ballistics)
- Crime Scene Investigation
- Latent Print Comparison
- Latent Print Processing
- Digital Evidence/Computer Forensics.
A gift of one million dollars to the White Plains Library Foundation will enable the White Plains Public Library to complete renovations of its first floor and construct The Hub, its new library for adults. The Hub—sure to be a popular destination in downtown White Plains—will provide a new, attractive venue for learning and relaxation, with room for reading, studying, and collaboration, access to improved technology, new community meeting areas, and a Café & Friends’ Bookstore.
“This tremendously generous gift underscores how much the White Plains community values its Library,” said White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach. “The City is proud to work with the Library Foundation to revitalize our 45-year-old Library building and ensure that it will provide excellent services for all our residents, for years to come. I commend the extraordinary leadership of our anonymous friends, and thank our community for bringing this project closer to a reality.”
The gift from anonymous donors, along with funds from the City of White Plains and an additional $500,000 being raised by the Foundation, will provide the funding to complete the renovation of the Library’s first floor, including the creation of The Hub. The first phase of construction, also a partnership between the City and the Foundation, saw the creation of The Edge, the Library’s award-winning library for teens.
“This gift inspires all of us to step up and help close the gap,” said Diane Tabakman, president of the White Plains Library Foundation. “Join us in creating a transformed Library for our community by contributing generously to the Campaign for The Hub.”
For more information, contact Libby Hollahan, executive director, White Plains Library Foundation, 914-422-6995, email@example.com.
WESTMED Medical Group Marks Grand Opening of New Westchester Facility
Development Partners Simone Healthcare Development and Fareri Associates Join Community Leaders to Celebrate First New Construction on Westchester Avenue in 25 Years
From left, William Mooney III, Director, Westchester County Office of Economic Development; Westchester Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett; Joanna Simone, Director of Leasing & Property Management, Simone Development; Patricia Simone, Vice President of Leasing & Operations, Simone Development; Joseph Simone, President & CEO, Simone Development; Anthony Viceroy, President, WESTMED Practice Partners and CFO, WESTMED Medical Group; Pat Simone, founder, Simone Development; John Fareri, President & CEO, Fareri Associates; Brenda Fareri, Fareri Associates; Harrison Town Supervisor Ron Belmont