School of Public Safety Unveiling Well Attended; Tour Showed Recruits in Training, Mock Courtroom and Simulators

sps-colorguard-groveValencia’s School of Public Safety Unveiling Ceremony took place on Thursday, April 2, 2015. The event was attended by uniformed personnel representing 39 agency partners from Orange and Osceola Counties. A proud Executive Dean, School of Public Safety Jeff Goltz served as emcee.

Cued up were a regional pipes and drum band by Orange County Fire Department, presentation of colors by Orange County Sheriff’s Office Color Guard Team and a helicopter flyover.

sps-sandy-grovePresident Sandy Shugart shared the public benefit of the new School of Public Safety, which emphasizes intentional service integration training and education for all public safety programs: law enforcement, fire, corrections, emergency management services, the tourism industry, the cyber industry, public transportation and many private agencies and corporations under one umbrella.

Said Sandy, “We will raise knowledge, skills and standards across all public safety disciplines and create a new paradigm toward a more professional and educated public safety workforce. We’re going to make Central Florida the safest metropolitan area in the country.”

sps-dan-webster-270wSandy credited U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster, who was on hand to give brief remarks, with securing appropriations 17 years ago, which made the School of Public Safety possible. Congressman Webster thanked the College for putting together a consortium that will protect the safety of the 60 million tourists who visit Central Florida each year, calling it a “great partnership.”

The cornerstone of the ceremony was the presentation of a framed resolution approving the School of Public Safety to each of the 39 agency partners during which Jeff urged each of the agencies to “take stock” in the School of Public Safety as their own.

Receiving the resolution were Apopka Police Department, Apopka Fire Department, Casselberry Rescue Fire Department, City of Belle Isle Police Department, Eatonville Police Department, Edgewood Police Department, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Fire Rescue Department, Kissimmee Police Department, Kissimmee Fire Department, Maitland Police Department, Maitland Fire Department, Oakland Police Department, Ocoee Police Department, Ocoee Fire Department, Orange County Fire Rescue Department, Orange County Corrections Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola County Fire Rescue & EMS Department, Osceola County Corrections Department, Orlando Police Department, Orlando Fire Department, Reedy Creek Emergency Services, St. Cloud Police Department, St. Cloud Fire Rescue, University of Central Florida Police Department, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Windermere Police Department, Winter Garden Police Department, Winter Garden Fire Rescue, Winter Park Police Department, Winter Park Fire Rescue Department, Department of Juvenile Justice, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (Orlando Office), Florida Department of Corrections, Central Florida Reception Center and Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training.

Valencia College District Board of Trustees who joined were Maria Grulich, John Crossman and Guillermo Hansen.

Elected officials attending included Congressman Daniel Webster, U.S. House of Representatives, 10th District of Florida;  City of Orlando Commissioner Tony Ortiz (District 2); Orange County Commissioners Scott Boyd (District 1) and Pete Clark (District 3); and Osceola County Commissioner Brandon Arrington (District 3).

Also in attendance were representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Florida Senator Darren Soto and State Representatives John Cortes (District 43) and Bruce Antone (District 46).


sps-police-recruits-groveFollowing the ceremony, tours of the facility were conducted by School of Public Safety employees. Visitors had a chance to see fire rescue and law enforcement recruits actively in training, a mock courtroom and demonstrations of the fire command and virtual tactical simulators.

sps-tactical-sim-groveThe virtual tactical simulator provides law enforcement recruits with 90 possible simulations for practicing hand gun, rifle, Taser and spray scenarios. The fire command simulator can be used by 15 people at once and operates by having fire safety recruits hit benchmarks while responding to a fire call. Demonstrators of the simulators said the technology is the best reality-based training to test recruits’ tactical judgment.

A rendering of the conceptual master plan of the public safety laboratory was also prominently featured. Upon leaving the event, each visitor received a commemorative challenge coin.

In addition, a fire versus criminal justice chili cook off was held to raise money for the Deputy Sheriff Jonathon Scott Pine Memorial Scholarship.

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