The funding was provided by the KeyBank Foundation and the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, an association of law enforcement officers representing more than 50 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
Drish attended classes and received hands-on instruction for nine hours each day over seven months at the center’s state-of-the-art facilities, which opened in September 2014. The center is home to several public safety education programs for students and also serves as a training ground for regional public safety departments.
The center includes 12 classrooms; a 108,000-square foot paved area for defensive pursuit and pursuit driving techniques; a 4,000-square foot, two-story burn building for fire simulation and rescue training; a military-style fitness and obstacle area; new police vehicles; and a shooting range.
A $1.4 million grant from the KeyBank Foundation enabled Cuyahoga Community College to enhance and expand both programs, as well as to fund a campaign to recruit minority and female candidates for first responder jobs and provide outreach programs to military veterans. It also made possible a youth-focused summer academy.