(Fort Leonard Wood)–The Marine Corps Police Academy has relocated to Fort Leonard Wood from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego. According to Gregg Thompson, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence deputy to the commanding general, the decision to move the facility here serves a two-fold purpose: saving the Department of Defense about 4.5 million dollars per year and giving students of the academy, which instructs civilian police serving on Marine Corps installations, access to state-of-the-art training facilities at the home of the U.S. Army Military Police School. He described the relocation as, “a fantastic next step in an ever-growing partnership” between Fort Leonard Wood and the Marine Corps. Maceo Franks, program manager for the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Program and head of the Supporting Establishment Law Enforcement Program, said the academy will train up to 300 students per year at Fort Wood. He said academy students will literally “do everything” available to police in training on Fort Leonard Wood as part of their studies. U.S. Marine Corps and Fort Leonard Wood senior leaders cut the ribbon on October 15th, officially opening the Marine Corps Police Academy on Fort Leonard Wood.