Training center upgrades could be on the way for Greenville County deputies

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GREENVILLE CO., SC – The Greenville County Sheriff’s office training facility is in dire need of renovations, Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown said Thursday. 

According to the Sheriff, the facility was built 27 years ago after the 62-acre lot was seized from a drug dealer.

Now, he believes it’s time for an upgrade.

“Since 1991 there has been no addition or no funding available for the training center other than the personnel that’s there, they pay their salaries,” he explained when referring to financial help from Greenville county.

When 7 News was at the training center Friday, one law enforcement officer showed 7 News a condemned tower that was no longer in use.

The biggest problem, according to the Sheriff, has been a lack of space.

“There are workers sitting in the hallway in their desks. They have no private rooms to talk to the deputies to come up there about training. They’re sitting out in the middle of the floor talking to everybody,” he said.

County council is in charge of the budget and told 7 News Thursday that a new training facility is doable, and that they are actively looking into ways they could potentially fund the project.
    
“We’re in discussions in actually providing that, and actually doing that with the Sheriff,” said Butch Kirven, chairman of Greenville County Council.

Kirven added that a new facility could be in the works within the next 12 to 18 months.

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