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Work to start on Roanoke County’s wing of police academy

March 5, 2014 | Virginia News

News Image Roanoke city and county recruits will share some space while they train.

It turns out crime does pay.

Area law enforcement leaders are set to break ground Thursday, March 6 on a two-story expansion to the Roanoke Police Academy that will make room for Roanoke County officers, deputies and jailers to train alongside their city colleagues.

The bulk of the money for the new wing comes from a 2007 Department of Justice settlement with ITT Night Vision after the Roanoke County company admitted to sharing classified information with its partners in foreign countries.

ITT, now known as Exelis, pleaded guilty to two felonies and paid a $100 million penalty. Roughly $2.8 million of that went to the county with the requirement that it be used for law enforcement in the region.

“The end result is it’s building us an academy,” said Roanoke County Police Chief Howard Hall.

Hall is excited about the new 8,300-square-foot wing, which will be built onto the existing city academy off Peters Creek Road, near the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport. ...

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