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Kilgore College East Texas Police Academy Hosts Open House for Newly Renovated Facility

KILGORE, Texas (KETK) – Kilgore College East Texas Police Academy held an open house for newly renovated classrooms that were made possible by a $190,000 grant from the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation.

At around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, a presentation was held at the ETPA Spear Training Center, located at 1810 CR 174E in Kilgore.

Demonstrations were also held to showcase the new SUVs for police training.

“It’s important that as we train these students to go out and join local law enforcement, they have the training and the tools they will use once they hit the road. said Brenda Kays, president of Kilgore College.

AEP presented the grant to KC in March 2021 to fund classroom renovations and to purchase two new sport utility vehicles to use for police training.

The renovated classrooms have been renamed the American Electric Power Foundation Emergency Response Training Facility.

The renovated ETPA classroom was built to accommodate the growing number of female cadets and officers and to expand the classroom to serve more students.

“The East Texas Police Academy offers an incredible training program, and SWEPCO is proud to support it with a grant from the American Electric Power Foundation to upgrade classrooms and purchase new training vehicles,” said Mark Robinson. , head of external affairs for SWEPCO in Longview.

The AEP Foundation is funded by American Electric Power and its utility operating units, including Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO).

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