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Harlem police adding 2 substations

Monday, June 23, 2014 11:55 AM
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The Harlem Department of Public Safety has plans to add two substations within city limits, which officials say could cut response times while boosting police presence.

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It's a Man's Place, a consignment business on East Milledgeville Road, will house one of the substations.   TRAVIS HIGHFIELD/STAFF
TRAVIS HIGHFIELD/STAFF
It's a Man's Place, a consignment business on East Milledgeville Road, will house one of the substations.



Travis Highfield
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The substations will be along Mil­ledge­ville Road, a busy thoroughfare that connects the city to Gordon Highway.

The east substation will be at It’s a Man’s Place, a consignment shop at 190 East Milledgeville Road. The west substation will be inside JR Quality Trailers’ new location on West Milledgeville Road.

Both are expected to be operable in the coming weeks, and at a minimal cost to the department, Chief Gary Jones said.

“Both of these businesses have donated this office space to us,” he said. “We don’t have to buy office equipment or anything. The only expenditure that we did
have was to have some professional signs made.”

The signs will cost $125, Jones said, which will be paid for by seized drug money.

Jones called the additions a “win-win” for the department and said having officers at either end of the city will reduce response time, now about five minutes. Officers now cover about three square miles and must report to headquarters at 110 West Milledgeville Road.

“I think it shows that we’re certainly part of the community and we’ve put ourselves in a position so that we can respond more rapidly,” Jones said. “While the officers are doing their paperwork, which they are in service to do, it kind of put us in the middle of things.”

Jones said he approached the business owners who will accommodate the substations because their locations are central to other
businesses on their sides of town.

Tom Hill, the gun range and firearms manager at It’s a Man’s Place, said that though the business has operated as an unofficial substation for some time, he’s glad that he will see officers in the store more often.

“Having it official makes it more high profile and is definitely a deterrent for people without the intelligence to think this would be an easy knockover,” he said. “Having a deterrent like that can prevent anything from petty crimes like shoplifting to armed robbery.”

Joey Reid, the owner of JR Quality Trailers, said he will provide a small office for the officers complete with a desk and air conditioning.

He expects to have the substation operational in about two weeks.

“It’ll be a great place for those officers to stop, and we will certainly welcome them,” he said.

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shamrock
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shamrock 06/23/14 - 12:55 pm
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Cut Response Times??

Okay, I'm all for cutting public safety response times but when your city is 3 square miles, just how much time do you need to shave off?? Even if they have to travel the entire length of the city, the response time is probably less than one minute. What am I missing here??

gargoyle
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gargoyle 06/23/14 - 02:05 pm
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Just last weekend we were

Just last weekend we were looking at property in Harlem . Its amazing how the area is growing.

AFjoe
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AFjoe 06/24/14 - 08:23 am
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No intelligence needed

Mr. Hill, trust me, most crooks know a gun shops with a firing range where everyone has a load gun is not an "easy knock off". Thanks for the free space for the LEOs.

sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 06/23/14 - 03:28 pm
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So where do the first three poster live?

The first three comments are from people I doubt live in Harlem. I think Gary Jones serves the city very well as Chief of Police and many people from Harlem and other surrounding areas are very proud of his accomplishments. Small town young man comes back to his roots and makes good.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 06/23/14 - 03:45 pm
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As for me I live in Old City

As for me I live in Old City Augusta and about to punch the ticket to get mailbox money so we have been looking at where we want to be after the 9 to 5 deal ends. My son lives near by and has been very happy there so we were looking at for sale property and were quite impressed . nothing disparaging about the Chief ?

AFjoe
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AFjoe 06/23/14 - 04:04 pm
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Liv in Grovetown

Nothing about Harlem or chief, my comment is about a comment made by shop owner.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/23/14 - 05:58 pm
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Gargoyle, Harlem's main

Gargoyle, Harlem's main industry is drugs. There are many hard-working decent people in Harlem, but it's been bad for drugs for years, especially Hillbilly Heroin- meth.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 06/24/14 - 07:28 am
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Common Sense

I've known Chief Jones for almost 30 years and I can say without a doubt that he is educated about law enforcement and has the common sense to know what to do and how to do it.. Under his direction, the city of Sardis GA. was cleaned up. His substations make great sense because the city of Harlem is split by CSX Rail Lines and when a train is passing through it will greatly slow response times. The substations are located on each side of the RR tracks and therefore can have at least 1 officer arriving within 1 to 2 minutes. It's only a matter of time until the meth heads will relocate or be relocated by Chief Jones and his Dept.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 06/24/14 - 07:54 am
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Was expecting to see additional traffic courts

so they could quickly handle traffic tickets at either end of town, for non-Harlem residents.

BTW: UNLESS you have business in Harlem or Dearing,
use Ga Hwy 223 instead of US 78.

You'll find you can by-pass Harlem and can get into Thomson quicker that way. if you don't want to use I-20.

Also GA Hwy 223 is a great DETOUR route when East Bound I-20 traffic is backup due a wreck or construction.

bclicious
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bclicious 06/28/14 - 04:55 pm
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Chief Jones is top notch, but

Chief Jones is top notch, but Harlem is a flat-out joke. In my experience, this town is more nepotistic than any other place that I have dealt with.

Sure; if you last name is Culpepper, Blalock, Hatcher, Coleman, Whitaker, Thigpen, or Lonergan, than life is just peachy. But, if you are a normal joe, than don't expect 1 IOTA of kindness of the powers that be, or the population in this creepy town.

Harlem doesn't deserve you Chief Jones. Run before they ruin your career!

myfather15
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myfather15 06/30/14 - 05:23 am
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bclicious

You just provided the last name of most of the city council and business owners. That's the way it is in most towns or cities, not just Harlem.

myfather15
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myfather15 06/30/14 - 05:31 am
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Actually, sounds like both

Actually, sounds like both sub-stations are going to be on the south side of the railroad tracks. One will be on the north side of Gordon Hwy and one on the South Side; but both will be South of the Railroad tracks.

Also, THIS is newsworthy? A small town get's a couple offices with a pen and paper; possibly a computer and this makes the news? Slow news day or what?

This is about nothing more than ATTENTION!! Someone wanted to bring attention to this, so they called the media.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 06/30/14 - 08:24 am
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myfather15 - News worthy

Its seems its been news worthy for a week now????

I wonder why?

bclicious
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bclicious 06/30/14 - 10:10 am
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its not supposed to be that way . . .

HARLEM is supposed to be a small town with christian based values, and an overall welcoming atmosphere. This is not the case. Harlem is corrupt at it's core. Harlem is less about people helping one another, and more about what you can extort, intimidate, and blackmail out of each other.

In short; if that's the kind of life you want to live; why not just live in downtown Augusta?

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/30/14 - 12:32 pm
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Help me here?

What will the substations be used for? Most agencies have the capability for officers to complete reports in their vehicles. I guess they are good if Harlem PD does not have this capability. Otherwise doesn't it seem like a better idea for the officers to remain on the street somewhere and be ready to go with a turn of the ignition switch?

myfather15
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myfather15 06/30/14 - 12:51 pm
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Sweet Son

These stations aren't costing Harlem money and that's a good thing; so there really isn't technically a down side. But, there isn't really an upside either. The police station is less than one mile from either substation; so they could do their reports there. Now, keeping them on the streets and not in the station is a good thing. But it's not like they're deterring crime while in the sub-station either. Well, it might prevent someone from robbing that particular store, but they will just go rob the Jet, while the cop car is at the sub-station.

This is so silly, it's almost absurd!! A town this small doesn't need substations!!

Sweet son
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Sweet son 06/30/14 - 07:01 pm
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myfather thanks for the support!!

You and I neither can see the necessity and I hope my comment made others think about the fact that the officers need to be in the street. Also it's nothing against Chief Jones. I think he is doing a great job in his community.

gejones
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gejones 06/30/14 - 07:24 pm
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Harlem Police Sub-Stations

What's amazing to me is some of the critical remarks. This is something that will cost the City nothing. I surveyed the folks in the area of the sub- station locations to see how they would feel about it and if the signs and increased visibility would make them feel safer. The overwhelming response was "yes." It is not just about a alternate places to do reports or cutting response times, it's public relations and making the merchants and subsequently the shoppers feel safer. Additionally, I never called the media the first time. They follow our FaceBook page and happened to see a story there. My father15, you of all folks, a brother law enforcement officer that resides in the City, I would have expected a little more positive attitude and support from you. Folks there is alot more things to talk negative about than a department that's trying to improve the quality of life in Harlem. Chief Jones

myfather15
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myfather15 07/01/14 - 11:54 pm
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Chief

I certainly didn't mean to be harshly negative about this, as I stated; there really isn't a negative side. I also didn't suggest that you called the media; my guess would have been a citizen discovered this and decided to call the media. I was just surprised that they ran with a story about two sub-stations in Harlem; that's all. Seems a little un-newsworthy to me, but that's just MY opinion and certainly not reflective of most people. There probably are quite a few who liked to read about this. I was also being a little facetious about the "robbing the jet".

Yes, we are brother's and always will be, but that doesn't always mean we will agree on everything.

I just get on here and give my opinion, sometimes I'm wrong and sometimes I'm right; but it's still just my opinion. Keep up the good work brother!

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