Brookhaven Police/SWAT training exercises on Skyland Drive
Old vital records building used for training prior to demolition
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Brookhaven, GA, July 12, 2017 – There was a large police contingent Skyland Drive today, but it was not a crime scene. It was a training exercise located at the former home of Georgia Department of Public Health.
“The building is set to be demolished in a couple of weeks, so we can conduct exercises simulating real situations to ensure our regional law enforcement remains sharp,” said Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura.
Brookhaven police conducted exercises with SWAT. personnel from Johns Creek, Dunwoody, and Sandy Springs and among others.
The building is expected to be demolished before the end of the month to construct a new Skyland Park following an agreement in 2016 with the DeKalb County Board of Education to transfer park land to the city. The Board of Education purchased the existing Skyland Park for $4.75 million to build a new school on the adjacent property. As part of the agreement, the board is purchased the former vital records building from the state and transferred that property to the city, for a new park at that site.
It will cost the City $2.33 million to demolish the building and build the new park.
“This is a win-win all the way around for the citizens of Brookhaven. The new John Lewis Elementary School will be built, and the city will have a new park. Plus we get to train police in SWAT exercises in a real building before it’s torn down,” said Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst. “I want to say a special thanks to the DeKalb Board of Education for their true partnership on this project.”