The Kilgore College East Texas Police Academy (ETPA) will host an open house for the newly renovated classroom facilities made possible by a $190,000 grant from the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation.
AEP presented the grant to KC in March of 2021 to fund the classroom renovations and to purchase two new sport utility vehicles to be used for police training.
The renovated classrooms will be renamed as the “American Electric Power Foundation Emergency Response Training Facility.”
The presentation is set for 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the ETPA Spear Training Facility, located at 1810 CR 174E in Kilgore.
The remodeled ETPA classroom better accommodates the ever-growing number of female cadets/officers and expands the classroom facility to serve more students.
Demonstrations will be held at the event showcasing the newly purchased SUVs for police training.
“The East Texas Police Academy has an incredible training program, and SWEPCO is proud to support it with an American Electric Power Foundation grant to enhance classroom facilities and purchase new training vehicles,” said Mark Robinson, SWEPCO External Affairs manager in Longview.
The AEP Foundation is funded by American Electric Power and its utility operating units, including Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO).
For more information on the ETPA, visit www.kilgore.edu/etpa.
About the ETPA:
The East Texas Police Academy is dedicated to meeting the pre-service and in-service training needs of the officers, agencies and communities of Northeast Texas. ETPA has provided law enforcement training since the academy’s inception in 1966. ETPA provides a wide array of classes throughout the East Texas Council of Governments and Ark-Tex Council of Governments service delivery areas. The ETPA is licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement as a Law Enforcement Academy and is contracted by the commission to provide training courses. Law Enforcement Academies licensed by the Commission on Law Enforcement provide basic licensing and continuing education training courses which may be submitted for TCOLE credit.
About the AEP Foundation:
The American Electric Power Foundation is funded by American Electric Power and its utility operating units. The foundation provides a permanent, ongoing resource for charitable initiatives involving higher-dollar values and multi-year commitments in the communities served by AEP and initiatives outside of AEP’s 11-state service area.