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Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986)


Produced by Paul Maslansky and Donald L. West

Directed by Jerry Paris

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After setting their "First Assignment" in the streets of Los Angeles, Police Academy III brought the franchise back to Toronto - and the Lakeshore Grounds. The cast from the first movie return to the Academy to help with training as the future of the institution is put at risk.

In interviews, Producer Paul Maslansky gave two answers when asked why Police Academy II filmed in California rather than Toronto: The longer explanation was that the Los Angeles streets provided the rough, urban setting that they wanted for the "first assignment" that the newly graduated cadets would undertake; however, in several interviews Maslansky also said that it was simply the weather that drew them outside of Toronto for the sequel.

Click here for details about the filming of Police Academy and Police Academy IV.

Filming on the Lakeshore Grounds

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Much like the first installment in the franchise, Police Academy III used many locations on the Lakeshore Grounds. The Administrative and cottage buildings of the former Lakeshore Psychaitric Hospital again stood in for the campus of the Police Academy, with both exteriors and interiors featuring prominently.

F Building

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In one classic scene, Officer Moses Hightower (Bubba Smith) is mistakenly identified as a luggage porter by a newly arriving recruit. In response to the disrespectful request that he help the recruit with his luggage, Hightower throws the suitcase clear over the roof of what is today Humber College's F Building.

As the suitcase sails past F Building, there is a clear view of the windows that once lined the attic level of the building. These were removed during renovations by Humber College.

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G Building

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The Administration Building of the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, today known as G Building on Humber College's Lakeshore campus, features prominently throughout Police Academy III. Much like its original purpose, the building serves as the front door to the Police Academy where many key scenes are situated. 

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