It was a big day in the law enforcement field.

Roanoke city and county leaders broke ground on the new Roanoke County Criminal Justice Academy on Thursday.

Right now, the academy operates within the Roanoke County Public Safety Building.

The new building will adjoin the current Roanoke Police Academy off of Barns Avenue.

Four agencies will be training under one roof once the construction is complete which means they will be sharing equipment and resources.

"Obviously with budget cuts were facing all the time so if we can do more with less it’s very important,” said Roanoke City Police Lt. Barry Booth. “We save the community dollars we save us dollars so bring our resources together is a huge accomplishment for that."

The new building will cost about $3 million dollars. The majority of that will come from asset forfeiture money.