Milton-Alpharetta training center expected to open this month | Milton News

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — When the new Milton-Alpharetta Training Center opens this month, it will allow officers to train in smaller segments and, at the same time, keep more officers on the streets.

Alpharetta Police Department spokesman Christopher Benfield said the Alpharetta and Milton Police Departments will share the training facility, which will house a use-of-force simulator to provide officers with training on firearms and allow them to practice realistic scenario-based situations. SWAT training will also be provided there.

While the facility is still under construction, Benfield said officers plan to begin their first continuing education on April 11. It is located at the old Alpharetta City Court, on the corner of Crabapple Road and Broadwell Road.

The building will be shared with the Alpharetta Public Works Department for its basketball and summer camps and Lionheart WORKS, a job training program for young adults 18 and older with autism and other neurodevelopmental differences.

Benfield said the Milton and Alpharetta Police Departments received grants from the Georgia Criminal Justice Council in 2021 to build knowledge, skills and philosophy in de-escalation and defensive tactics. Milton then used part of the funds to purchase a use of force simulator, and Alpharetta provided the building so they could have their own specialized training environment.

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The two departments already regularly work together. Benfield said about 100 agents from Alpharetta and 40 agents from Milton will use the facility. Otherwise, they would generally have to move off-site and rent space, such as at the Roswell-Alpharetta Public Safety Training Center on Maxwell Road, to complete the required training in defensive tactics and de-escalation once a year. .

Now, with the new facility, they will be able to visit the site as needed.

Benfield said the idea is to give officers more access to trainers and more time slots to train.

“It allows us to train 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Benfield said. “So once it’s open, our officers will be able to come in and use the training facility all day.”

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