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March 2017
A Perfect Public Private Partnership goes big with $22M Public Safety Training Center

It started as a simple request, simple at least for a charitable organization that distributes several hundred thousand dollars or more each year to various causes.

When the City of Dothan realized it would need to expand the Omussee Wastewater Treatment plant to meet the demands of a growing city, Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish realized the police department would lose its nearby shooting range and modest training area.

Wiregrass Foundation President Barbara Alford began to explore the possibility of the Foundation helping fund a similar facility at another place.

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"We started having a broader conversation." Alford said. "We started to think bigger, much bigger."

 "Through all of this research, as we started looking at this, I began to understand public safety in a much different way than before," Alford said. "Because, at the core, if you don't have a safe community, nothing else matters."

The broader conversation led to a lot of questions. Instead of a modest police training facility, why not a comprehensive police training facility? Instead of a comprehensive police training facility, why not a comprehensive police and fire training facility? Why not make this training facility comprehensive enough to allow for regional training for agencies throughout the Wiregrass? Why not allow community access for citizen training? here to continue

Citizens Submit Their Questions
Q & A 

The questions below
were asked (submitted) by non public safety professionals. We found some of the questions to be interesting, funny, and some insightful. Click on the answer to read responses or add your own.  
Q: Can I be arrested or issued a citation for speaking in a disrespectful manner to a police officer?
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Q: Aren't police officers and firefighters required to be vaccinated?
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Q: What are the biggest mistakes people make when firing a gun without having done any training? 
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Q:  If going into a burning building, would it be better to soak yourself in water before entering a burning building?
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