Audit: State Patrol could improve deployments

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ATLANTA — Most state troopers are getting off work about the time fatal accidents are the most likely, according to an audit critical of the Georgia State Patrol’s allocation of resources.

The law enforcement agency has begun shifting when it schedules troopers to patrol the roads, but it also disagrees with many of the audit’s recommendations.

The 55-page management study by the Department of Audits & Accounts was released Tuesday. It analyzed staffing, deployment and activities.

It found the agency assigns the most troopers to patrol Monday through Thursday and the fewest on nights and weekends, when most accidents occur. It also identified counties, such as Glynn and Coweta, where too few troopers were assigned for the level of traffic at any time of day.

Auditors recommended the State Patrol close half its posts as a way to free up more than 100 troopers for road duty, a recommendation originally made by a study by the patrol in 2005.

“GSP should allocate staffing resources to areas of the state in a manner that correlates with potential workload or need,” the auditors wrote.

Col. Mark McDonough, the commissioner of public safety, said he thinks the auditors know more about counting money than policing.

“Some of the things they bring up is really a lack of understanding of what our mission is,” he said. “They’re not law enforcement folks; they’re auditors.”

The number and location of posts is a factor of keeping good community relations, he said, “like Mayberry.”

The State Patrol installed a centralized dispatching system in 2009 that eliminated 70 jobs and will provide statistics for better matching staffing with need in the future. But the auditors noted that they were able to make their analysis without it and that the patrol’s leadership could have as well.

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 11/12/11 - 05:19 pm
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Is this audit suggesting that

Is this audit suggesting that any state employee work a schedule whose prime evaluatory criterion is personal convenience?

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 11/12/11 - 05:34 pm
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Col. McDonough, these

Col. McDonough, these auditors may not be law enforcement folks but they certainly understand that the primary mission of the GSP is to lower accidents, injuries and deaths on the roadways in Georgia. To do so certainly means to deploy the resources during the time periods and locations as needed to reduce said accidents. On the other hand, you could say that the reasons less accidents occur during these time periods is due to the deployments of the troopers during these time periods and that more are needed during the other time periods. As suggested in this audit, this could be achieved by less posts and more troopers on the streets.

However, the main problem with the GSP at this time is the absurd gas restrictions that is requiring many troopers to basically go on duty and either go sit at the post or at some other remote location because they have used up their gas allotment for the month or are close to using it up and therefore can't due pro-active patrol and enforcement. It makes ZERO sense to have troopers coming to work and then not allowing them to do their job because of these restrictions. I certainly understand staying within a budget but the budget should be changed accordingly because paying staff not to do anything is absurd as well as very frustrating for most troopers. It would actually be better for the patrol to have a few less troopers and cars year round in order to properly fund gasoline for those on duty vs. having plenty of troopers on duty not being able to do anything. Common sense dictates a change in the current operations of the GSP.

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Riverman1 11/12/11 - 06:49 pm
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Maybe they will close the GSP

Maybe they will close the GSP in Columbia County and the county can use the million dollar facility we paid for.

Vito45
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Vito45 11/12/11 - 07:43 pm
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The GSP should be mothballed

The GSP should be mothballed anyway. What do they do that cities and counties can't do for themselves? Super cops writing tickets is what I SEE. What else do they do? Take the tax money saved and turn half back over to the counties to use for their policing efforts, and the other half back to whose pockets got picked to begin with.

Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 11/12/11 - 10:45 pm
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I remember reading that GSP

I remember reading that GSP writes almost $250,000 in tickets per year in Columbia County. That means in four years the building is paid for and it's gravy after that. A business man may call that a good investment. Troopers do a large percentage of traffic enforcement and accident investigations in the vast majority of counties in this state. Do away with them and you can count on no more ticket revenue and YOUR tax dollars going to small counties to hire their own deputies to do a job that GSP does now.

Vito45
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Vito45 11/13/11 - 12:46 am
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So, why can't ColCo write

So, why can't ColCo write those same tickets? This is NOT a zero sum game; the cost of those guys writing those tickets far outweighs the cost of the county writing the same tickets. You present it as if the county gets a free $250K. Not so; the taxpayers are picking up a proportional share of the GSP budget, and they cost more per employee than local law enforcement does.
I might add, ColCo paying for that post is a sucker deal. Those troopers have a designated beat; and the only advantage to this post is they MAY snag another ticket or two while coming and going. It does NOT mean the area gets more GSP patrols.( more ticket money)

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 11/13/11 - 03:06 am
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R1 & V45, Who built the local

R1 & V45,

Who built the local GSP station, who previously owned the land on which our local GSP station sits, and who sold us the land?

55 F-100
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55 F-100 11/13/11 - 07:35 am
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Working motor vehicle

Working motor vehicle accidents, specialized collision reconstruction team, specialized S.W.A.T. and C.R.T. units, Specialized Drug Smuggling Detection Team, Specialized Anti-Crime unit for Nigerian-generated financial and gang activity, a layer of protection above and beyond what local P.D.'s and S.O.'s provide....that should give you nay-sayers something to think about.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/13/11 - 09:34 am
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UsShouldn'thave, realize, the

UsShouldn'thave, realize, the GSP was in Thomson previously at state expense before some in Columbia County got the idea for the county to build the post for them here. You are exactly right when you point out the ticket revenue from them, but guess what? It's no higher than it was when they were in Thomson.

Here is what you don't understand. The GSP mainly patrols rural counties up I-20. That's their well explained purpose and also what those who did the audit may be missing. They live up in the areas they are assigned to and only come to the GSP in Columbia County every few days. Columbia County building that facility did not increase its police protection one bit nor increase ticket revenue.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/13/11 - 09:36 am
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55 F-100, you think the GSP

55 F-100, you think the GSP post has those things? Seriously?

Phantm006
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Phantm006 11/13/11 - 10:23 am
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@Riverman1: They do. Maybe

@Riverman1: They do. Maybe not all in one Post. But yes, each one of those teams do exist and are functioning on a daily basis.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/13/11 - 10:38 am
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Phantm006, but that's my

Phantm006, but that's my point. Yes, they are available to the entire state. But are not assigened to OUR GSP post in Columbia County sitting there waiting for trouble. Do you agree with the rest of my post?

Sweet son
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Sweet son 11/13/11 - 02:52 pm
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Department of Audits and

Department of Audits and Accounts??? They should be spending their time trying to keep up with the State's money and identify areas where arrests should be made for thefts. Col. McDonough is right in his assertion that the Dept of A & A doesn't know a thing about policing. I am sure if some of you send an email to his office for clarification on the points you disagree on he would be happy to help. Reference the AC link!

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 11/13/11 - 05:31 pm
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I know of a state trooper who

I know of a state trooper who lives in Richmond county, works out of the statesboro post....gues what he drives back and forth?? Yep...marked trooper car. I think it's safe to assume my tax dollars are paying for his gas, too. Tax dollars aren't paying for me to drive to SRS.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/13/11 - 06:03 pm
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The fact is the officers of

The fact is the officers of the Grovetown post we paid for patrol mainly McDuffie, Warren and Glascock counties, although they can and every now and then do come into Richmond and Columbia counties. It's a fact their ticket revenue did not increase in Columbia County after the post opened here. It's also a fact most of the patrolmen live out close to the rural areas they are responsible for.

They come down I-20 about every 3 days, get off at the exit there and drive about 3 miles in Columbia County and then go back to their areas.

Vito45
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Vito45 11/13/11 - 11:43 pm
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"specialized S.W.A.T. and

"specialized S.W.A.T. and C.R.T. units, Specialized Drug Smuggling Detection Team, Specialized Anti-Crime unit for Nigerian-generated financial and gang activity,"

Can you point to specific situations where these services were used, I.E, are they even needed above and beyond what the big metro agencies already have/do? After all, I can't imagine Sparta needing to call in GSP SWAT.

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55 F-100 11/14/11 - 08:34 am
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The Hancock County H.S. vs

The Hancock County H.S. vs Warren Co. H.S. football game almost needed S.W.A.T. after the ambush beat-down recently.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/14/11 - 10:14 am
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According to the Aquinas

According to the Aquinas coach, they could have used some help on the field against Warren County.

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