WINCHESTER, Virginia (September 15, 2016)—City police are planning to leave the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy in Fredericksburg to join the new Skyline Regional Criminal Justice Academy in Front Royal. City police have trained their personnel at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy since 1998.
The new Skyline Regional Criminal Justice Academy facility and nearby firing range will be built on Progress Drive in Front Royal, according to the website of project developer Howard Shockey & Sons Inc. The $8 million academy — to be built on 18 acres in the Happy Creek Industrial Park — will be 15,605 square feet, and the firing range will be15,735 square feet. The new facility is being funded privately and anonymously, according to city documents.
The academy is set to open July 1, 2017, to serve Winchester, Frederick County, Clarke County, Warren County, Front Royal, Middletown, Stephens City, Strasburg, the Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center, Berr yville and Lord Fairfax Community College — all of which currently train at Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy.
Source: ONOFRIO CASTIGLIA, The Winchester Star