GROVETOWN, Ga. -- For more than four decades, Thomson played home to Post No. 25 of the Georgia State Patrol.
Now that a $2 million new Georgia State Patrol post has been built and is being moved into this week, such an honor belongs to the Columbia County city of Grovetown. The new state patrol facility will be known as "GSP Grovetown." Radio communications from the new facility officially started at 11:40 a.m. last Wednesday, according to Sgt. First Class Jason Johnson, post commander.
"We're still in the process of moving things from Thomson to our new post," Sgt. Johnson said. "We're really proud of our new state patrol post."
Lt. Donnie Smith said he and his troopers are proud to call Grovetown their new home post.
"This is a great facility and we look forward to working out of here for many years to come," Lt. Smith said while on a recent visit to the new post. "This is a great morale boost for our people."
The new post will continue to serve a five-county area which includes Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie, Warren and Glascock.
Supervisory troopers now have separate offices in which to do their work, while troopers have individual work stations set up to do their reports.
A kitchen with appliances and large dining area, as well as an exercise room and sleeping quarters await troopers and radio operators.
There is even a state-of-the-art radio communications room, which will serve a 22-county region once it goes on line in about two weeks. For the time being only the dispatchers assigned to the GSP Grovetown post will be working radio communications.
Poeple needing copies of wreck reports should go to the new GSP post, Sgt. Johnson said. There, state patrol secretary Vickie Crawford can assist them. The new public telephone number to the GSP Grovetown post is (706) 210-2050.
Moving to the new location will continue this week.
Funding for the new GSP Grovetown post was made possible through Special Local Option Sales Taxes by the Columbia County Board of Commissioners.