Opened in the Fall of 2016, the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy is a state-of-the-art learning environment which provides training for Montgomery County Police, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services, Montgomery County Sheriff’s, Gaithersburg City Police, Rockville City Police, Takoma Park Police, Maryland National Capital Park Police – Montgomery County Division, Montgomery County Fire Bomb & Explosives Investigators, Chevy Chase Village Police.

The Police Academy is housed on the 1st Floor of the main academic building and consists of administrative areas for staff, 9 classrooms (1 designated stadium style seating for up to 60 recruits, 1 - 20-person computer lab, 1 designated for instructional firearms) for annual in-service, first aid, taser and other specialized training. There is also a firearms simulator for shoot don’t shoot scenarios, indoor fixed position and tactical firing ranges, defense tactics room, gymnasium, weight room, separate staff and recruit locker rooms for males and females (each locker room also has it’s own washer and dryer) and a multi-purpose room where recruits eat lunch, have morning inspections and can be used by the community at no charge.

The outdoor training venues on campus consist of 6 outbuildings referred to as the “CityScape” that provide scenario-based training and are set up as a single-family home, school, bank, retail store, apartment building and bank. There is also a driving track, skills and skid pan where recruits and current officers learn skills for emergency vehicle operations (EVOC), also used for police motorcycle and large police vehicle training operations (command bus, emergency services unit trucks).

We are home to the police canine (K9) unit which has an 80,000 square foot fenced training area, kennels and administrative offices. There are also separate training venues for Ride On bus operators and Montgomery County Fire Rescue Services (burn buildings, metro rail car and firehouse with bays for driving apparatus in/out).

Public Safety Training Academy
Public Safety Training Academy Front Entrance

We host a Police Citizen’s Academy, Hispanic Community Academy and open our doors for other county divisions/sections that need training space. We also actively host International Police Agencies at the request of the US State Department and FBI.

Public Safety Training Academy Facilities

police academy driving track
Driver Training Track
Shooting range
Academic Building Firing Range
K9 training
City Scape