DMACC to Build New Criminal Justice Training Facility

Posted 10/22/2018

​The only one-of-its-kind in Iowa will be used by DMACC and statewide criminal justice agencies.


Enclosed are the speakers who have had an active role in the planning and fundraising aspect of the DMACC Criminal Justice training facility:

  • Scott Ocken, Interim Vice President Academic Affairs
  • Jessica Cole, Chair, DMACC Criminal Justice Program
  • Alphonso Pizzano, Chief, Pleasant Hill Police Department
  • Bruce Reeve, Laboratory Administrator, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa DCI Criminalistics Laboratory
  • Crime Scene Investigative Students (Devin Ledesma and Sydnee Redman)
  • Mike Grandgeorge, President, DMACC Foundation Board of Directors


The training facility will allow DMACC Criminal Justice students, as well as

public safety officials to get hands-on, real-world training experience. The 1,540 square foot building will include bedrooms, a kitchen, great room, deck and bathrooms upstairs with a classroom, monitor room and interview room in the lower level.

The facility will be a collaborative effort among three DMACC programs:

  • Criminal Justice faculty, in conjunction with DMACC Architectural students, are designing training facility.
  • DMACC Building and Trades students will build it.
  • DMACC Horticulture students will landscape the area.


Wednesday, October 24 at 10:30 a.m.


DMACC Ankeny Campus (Westside of DMACC Blvd. near Iowa Crime Lab)

2240 South Ankeny Blvd./Ankeny, IA                        


Currently, many public safety agencies need to travel to surrounding cities or states to get the proper training. The facility will become the first-of-its-kind in Iowa and will provide the type of training that is difficult to duplicate in a classroom setting. It will enhance the classroom experience by offering participants real-world, interactive learning opportunities focused on current investigative techniques, evidence collection, preservation and processing, crime scene documentation and more.    


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