LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, along with Kentucky State Police leaders, formally dedicated the new Kentucky State Police Academy Monday morning.

The new training facility is located at a former state prison that closed in 2011.

“Just call this one of the biggest and most innovative recycling and re-purposing projects in Kentucky's history,” said Beshear.

For more than three decades, cadets have been training in the top floor of KSP's headquarters in a converted hotel building. Beshear says he was given a tour of the facility early in his time as governor and vowed to one day replace it.

“Over the years we as a state had started to slip in providing that infrastructure,” he said. “That was evident when I took office.”

According to KSP, the first phase cost $4.5 million. It was partially paid for with state funds and with surplus funds from asset forfeiture accounts that were mostly taken from drug dealers.

“That's ironic in of itself that part of the complex was paid by asset forfeiture monies,” KSP commissioner Rodney Brewer.

Brewer says many hours went into the design of the facility. The goal was to reflect KSP's heritage.

“There's a lot of thought that went into the design,” said Brewer. “You can see there are two shades of gray that's on the buildings. Those are representative of our summer and winter uniform. There's gold incorporated. That signifies the brass that we shine everyday on our uniform."

Captain David Jude, KSP Academy Commander, says the campus provides much needed space.

“Now, the Kentucky State Police training academy have a dedicated facility where we are here, self-contained,” Jude said. “Cadets will live here, train here, eat here, they will do all of their business here on this campus.”

Leaders now have their eyes set on phase two.

“We still have some needs for our training academy,” said Jude. “We need a range, we need a driving track, we need additional classroom space.”

The first cadet class to train at the academy is scheduled to report on May 24.


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