Brooklyn Park, MN
The degree programs in criminal justice and law enforcement offered by Metropolitan State University (MSU) and Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) were scattered in multiple satellite locations. Upon completion, this facility co-locates the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice academic programs in a single, collaborative environment. This partnership promises to be a precedent setting paradigm in finding synergies and common interests for the mutual benefit of several institutions.
The new facility features state-of-the-art smart classrooms, technology enhanced forensic labs, a tactical simulation/simunition environment and a firing range. The simulation lab incorporates flexible real-world simulated environments that law enforcement graduates may encounter. Vehicle access, upper level mezzanines and access to an exterior simulation courtyard increase the flexibility of staging mock events. Simulation lab activities are digitally recorded for faculty/student review and critique in follow-up classroom sessions. In an effort to educate the general public in the various aspects of law enforcement training, many areas will incorporate viewing areas for visitors and students.