At a current cost of around $750 million, the massive new police academy sitting out in the College Point section Queens is behind schedule. The new head of NYPD Training said he's hoping to open the doors in January.
"When we begin to train our officers there, they won't want to go home. That's how nice it is," said Benjamin Tucker, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Training.
Ground was broken for the academy during the Bloomberg administration and was scheduled to open in December of 2013. Construction delays, problems after Hurricane Sandy and even a fire at the location postponed the opening.
The NYPD says the building has dozens of smart classrooms, mock courtrooms, banks, stores and other facilities for training.