Robert J. Miller Homeland Security Education Center (HEC)
The Homeland Security Education Center (HEC) houses the Criminal and Justice Studies and Fire Science Technology programs, Suburban Law Enforcement Academy (SLEA) and the COD Police Department.
The HEC includes forensics and cybercrime labs, an Internet crime investigation lab, an ambulance simulator, a mock courtroom/auditorium, a simulation hazmat/smoke room and the first non-military municipal 4-D immersive training lab.
The HEC features a life-size street scene with fire truck bays, ambulance simulator and working fire hydrants— and it’s the only one of its kind in the entire nation. This state-of-the-art facility is quickly adding to COD’s reputation as a national homeland security powerhouse.
World Trade Center Beam Memorial
Installed on Sept. 1, 2011 and located in the College of DuPage Sgt. Robert J. Miller Homeland Security Education, this I-beam comes from one of the World Trade Center towers. The 27” by 127” section weighs more than 1,000 pounds and is thought to have come from a lower floor at the center of one of the towers. The concrete attached to one end of the beam provides a haunting reminder of the floor where it originally connected.
College of DuPage applied to the New York Port Authority for a relic from the towers, along with thousands of other applicants, and was one of the few institutions and organizations selected to receive this piece of history. Its location on campus, in a building designed to train first responders, is a fitting memorial to the heroism and tragedy of that fateful day in 2001.
Homeland Security Training Center (HTC)
The Homeland Security Training Center (HTC) expands first responder instruction with advanced firearms training, interactive shoot/don’t shoot simulation and weapons cleaning/ repair training.
Included in this facility is a 50-yard, 25-position indoor firing range that provides first responders a unique indoor facility for training purposes. The indoor range is safe and lead free, which will preserve the environment.
Together, the HEC and HTC will propel HSTI to national prominence, combining our expert
faculty with the best facilities and equipment in the nation.
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