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Construction on NYC's new police academy begins

Construction has started on New York City's new police academy.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly say the first phase of the project will include academic buildings, classrooms and tactical gyms and will cost about $750 million. Work started Wednesday. Construction on a firing range, tactical training village and vehicle training course will begin later.

The campus in College Point, Queens, will replace a cramped, outdated training center opened more than 40 years ago on a residential block on the east side of Manhattan. The new academy will sit on 30 acres and will be able to train 2,000 recruits at any one time.

The mayor estimates the project will create 2,000 construction jobs. It is expected to be completed in 2013.

-- AP

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