– A $30 million state-of-the-art police academy will be built next year in a bid to make Victoria a centre of training excellence.
The new academy will be in Hume, north-west of Melbourne. The now redundant Victoria University campus at Sunbury is top of the wishlist for sites.
The academy would become home to all operational training and replace the tactics and safety complex in Essendon, on which the lease will end in January 2014.
There are also plans to include an anti-terrorism training school, which could entice detectives from interstate and from across South East Asia.
The State Government-owned campus – which has not been used for university teaching since 2009 – would become the second biggest police training centre in the state behind that at Glen Waverley, from where police trainees graduate.
The campus boasts new lecture theatres, 120-bed accommodation, an industrial-scale kitchen and cafeteria, and sporting equipment.
There are also plans for a mock city block, firing range, and Special Operations Group training capability. The grounds are large enough for helicopter rappel training – Jon Kaila