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rpsaEducation for a Safer Region

The tragic events of September 11th and Hurricane Katrina showed the American people how crucial it is to have highly trained and educated public safety personnel.  However, in 2000, before either of those unfortunate days in American history, Fort Wayne Police Chief Rusty York and Fort Wayne Fire Chief Tim Davie both approached Mayor Graham Richard to discuss building new training academies.  Mayor Richard saw the need for new facilities but wanted to integrate training.  He had a vision of a new learning paradigm--one where the police and fire departments would not only work together, but also train together.

At about the same time, the city administration was seeking ideas for redeveloping Southtown (a dilapidated shopping mall on the city's southeast side that had become an eyesore.) The initial thought was to turn the old Sears located in the mall into a new safety academy. But after taking a longer look at this proposal, it became apparent that the old Sears building wouldn't have been able to support much of the desired technology for the new safety academy, and a new building would have to be built.

With the highest forms of technology and equipment combined with the emphasis of regional collaboration and cooperation, the Public Safety Academy has become a workforce training model for the region.