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GSP office opening in Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Georgia State Patrol will soon have a new home in Gwinnett.

County officials approved a lease Tuesday on a 2,530-square-foot facility along Interstate 85.

According to the terms, the county will pay about $30,000 a year, with the price increasing slightly each year, on the Duluth facility at 1645 Pleasant Hill Road, which formerly housed the Edwin Watts Golf Pro Shop. The officers are expected to begin the patrols in April.

The expense is worth it, Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said, compared to the cost in personnel for more than 30 officers, which the state is paying.

"Any additional public safety presence we have in the county is a boon to all of us," Nash said, adding that the arrangement is typical in other counties.

The state patrol previously announced an increased presence along the 33 miles of Interstate 85, part of a Department of Transportation effort to more quickly clear accidents scenes and improve traffic.

"It's good for us to be part of that experiment," Nash said, thanking the agencies for working with the county, as well as the local sheriff. "That means our police officers are free to do something else."

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R 1 year, 5 months ago

Wonder if they rented office space for the FBI/ DOJ staff yet?

Wouldn't be great if they could park here if not at GJAC proper?

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pcjohn 1 year, 5 months ago

Just what we need.....more thrill-seeking speed demons running along our highways.

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Why_not 1 year, 5 months ago

An obvious cop hater it seems.....

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ConcernedrReader 1 year, 5 months ago

Just another Jobs program. Increase state police but do not reduce the local law enforcement. Seems like the county cops have less to do with the new agreements with the cities yet our County leadership refuses to right size like any company would do.

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kevin 1 year, 5 months ago

$32k a year to fund a place for the State Police. Don't they have their own budget to pay for office space? By the way folks, wasn't it last week that the Gwinnett Place Mall area was bragging about the big drop in crimes???? And now this takes place because the BOC claims they need the State Police in that area. Something smells like a rat here. This BOC just signs off on anything and everything. This money must be coming form their "surplus" so why are thy raising our property taxes for the State Police?

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