Radio communications officially started at 11:40 a.m. today from the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown, according to Sgt. First Class Jason Johnson, post commander.
The Columbia County post -- based for decades in Thomson -- will continue to serve the five-county area which includes: Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie, Warren and Glascock.
Persons needing copies of wreck reports should go to the new post, Sgt. Johnson said. Moving to the new location will continue the remainder of this week.
Supervisory troopers now have separate offices in which to do their work, while troopers have individual work stations set up to do their crash reports.
A new kitchen with appliances and large dinning area, as well as an exercise room and sleeping quarters await troopers and radio operators.
There is also a new state-of-the-art radio communications room, which will serve a 22-county region when 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.
This is a great facility and we look forward to working out of here for many years to come, Lt. Donnie Smith said while on a recent visit to the new post. This is a great morale boost for our people.
Funding for the new GSP Grovetown post was made possible through Special Local Option Sales Taxes by the Columbia County Board of Commissioners.