The City of Atlanta is building a new Public Safety Training Center to support its need for dedicated training space with modern facilities for personnel. The new center will provide better opportunities to train on more socially just models of policing and crisis intervention, as well as provide opportunities for better training for the Atlanta Fire Department. In addition, the Training Center will be integrated with the community, welcoming residents to its green spaces and making facilities available for community use.
The Facility is located in the South River Forest area of DeKalb County on 85 acres of land owned by the City of Atlanta. This ecologically vital land is important to our entire region, and good stewardship of the forest and watershed are top priorities during construction and into the future.
The South River Forest area is also historically significant as it has served multiple functions in the past.
The land also served as the site of the original Atlanta Police Academy, an explosive ordnance disposal site, and a landfill. The Stakeholder Advisory Committee and the Community Task Force is charged with studying and making recommendations about how to potentially recognize the history of the land.
Learn more about plans to restore and protect hundreds of acres of green space, including portions of Intrenchment Creek and the South River Forest Basin.
Learn more about the plans for the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center and why Atlanta’s firefighters and police officers need new training facilities.
A community-led initiative to turn the current city jail into a Center for Equity, realized through Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ transformational vision. It holds the potential to be a national model in the US, providing increased resources, wellness, and healing for the community.
Learn how our community is involved in shaping the plans for the Training Center, public safety training curricula, parks, green space, sustainability and the Atlanta Prison Farm Site.