Georgia State Patrol Troopers at Post 2 still have a lot of organizing to do, but they have officially moved in to their new facility at the corner of Lafayette Parkway and Interstate 85 in LaGrange.
“I’m grateful to Troup County that this has become a reality,” said Sgt. 1st Class Maurice Raines. “The previous building was constructed in 1973 and is outdated.”
Raines, who is post commander, said the new building has more than 11,000 square feet, and features more office space, a conference room, interview rooms, a garage to search suspects vehicles, an evidence room, four bedrooms, plus a full kitchen and living area. Unlike the old building located on Hamilton Road, this facility is all one level, with office space for the Department of Natural Resources and the Criminal Interdiction Unit (CIU).
“The citizens of Troup County can be rest assured the state of Georgia will provide the same services we have in the past and maintain this facility as a true landmark … we’re proud they made the investment,” Raines said.
An investment to the tune of $1.3 million that came out of money made from drug forfeitures. Raines said not a dime of tax-payer money was used to construct the building. All the labor was provided by the Troup County Roads and Engineering Department and some Department of Correction inmates under the supervision of a state contractor. Raines said by using the inmates skills, they saved more than 450,000 dollars in labor costs.
Construction on the facility began in February of 2013, but was slowed because of weather constraints. Troopers officially moved in on May 28, leaving behind the old post. Raines said he will turn that building back over to Troup County officials by Aug. 1.
For now, Raines said they’re focusing on getting settled at the new location and can’t wait to show it off to the public.
“We’re getting the kinks worked out,” Raines said. ” But the public can now come here and pick up reports or whatever we can assist them with … we’re open and we’re glad and grateful to Troup County for their support.”
The Georgia State Patrol Post two will hold a ribbon cutting June 20 at 1 p.m. Following the ceremony, troopers will conduct tours through the new facility. The event is open to the public and attendees were asked to park at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center on Lafayette Parkway. Transportation will be provided to bus guests to and from the ceremony.