SAVANNAH, GA (September 24, 2015) –Thursday afternoon the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department along with the City of Savannah and Chatham County held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the SCMPD’s Professional Development Center.

Chief of Police Joseph H. Lumpkin, Sr., Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson and other city and county leaders cut the ribbon on the new 20,400 square foot facility that is located at 3401 Edwin Street.

The Professional Development Center consists of a 126-seat tiered auditorium, a large training/multi-purpose room, three 32-seat classrooms, a 20-seat computer lab, a critical incident management room, 12 administrative offices for training unit officers/staff, an executive conference room, an exercise room, locker rooms with showers, and a break room.

The building is equipped with energy-saving motion-sensor lighting; Epson BrightLink interactive projectors have been installed in each classroom. These projectors eliminate the need for electronic white boards. The auditorium, multi-purpose room and the computer lab are each equipped with digital LCD projectors.

The facility opened July 1, 2015. The Training Unit was previously housed in rented space at the Savannah Mall.

Since July, the Professional Development Center has been utilized for a Badge Pinning Ceremony, Years-of-Service Ceremony, Leadership in Police Organizations training, State Attorney General’s Human Sex Trafficking training, Physical Training testing for police officer applicants, Family Orientation for new recruits, Citizens Police Academy and many other events and training sessions.
The facility was designed by Kern & Co. architects and was constructed by Elkins Constructors at a cost of $3.9M. It was funded by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).