The Kilgore College East Texas Police Academy (ETPA) hosted an open house Friday 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 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, said in a press release.

The renovated classrooms will be renamed as the “American Electric Power Foundation Emergency Response Training Facility.”

The remodeled ETPA classroom better accommodates the ever-growing number of female cadets/officers and expands the classroom facility to serve more students, Kilgore College said.

Demonstrations were held at the event showcasing the newly purchased SUVs for police training.

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