On-duty trooper seemed out of place

 

I recently witnessed a Georgia State Patrol officer with a radar gun at the bottom of the hill on Deer Run in Evans. This seemed odd to me. Why was the state patrol taking on a duty that we have plenty of local Columbia County officers to do?

When I called people at Atlanta headquarters, they were adamant that state patrol officers could be anywhere in the state, which is the law, but I did get them to agree that looking for speeders in the back of one of the county's smaller neighborhoods is not the best use of resources.

The state patrol has to respond to calls of all kinds. However, every time you call the state patrol rather than the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, you're pulling highly trained officers who could be policing higher-crime areas into a minor problem, which is a waste of state tax dollars.

I am not debating that people drive down that hill too fast, but this issue should be handled at the local level, leaving that state patrol to chase serious criminals.

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