Academy breaks ground for training track

Officials with the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy and county dignitaries pose at a groundbreaking ceremony for a training track at the Yavapai County Fairgrounds.

Officials with the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy and county dignitaries pose at a groundbreaking ceremony for a training track at the Yavapai County Fairgrounds.

Officials with the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy broke ground for a training track at the Yavapai County Fairgrounds in Prescott Valley Wednesday.

NARTA will use the track to teach police cadets safe vehicle chase and defensive driving techniques. Currently, law enforcement cadets have to travel to Phoenix to use the Phoenix Police Department's drivers training track.

The six-day course requires that NARTA pay for room and board for the cadets in Phoenix. The completion of the local driver's training complex will eliminate this expense.

The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board received a $750,000 grant in June 2006. The chairman of the NARTA users group, Prescott Valley Police Chief Dan Schatz, accepted the grant check.

On hand for the ground breaking were Yavapai County Supervisors Carol Springer, Tom Thurman and Chip Davis, and representatives from the Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley police departments, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and the Yavapai County Fair Association.

Construction work should finish in early 2008.