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01/11/06

New Post Opens for State Patrol

The new Post 45. The new Post 45.

What's it like where you work? A brand new building, or a place older than the people who work there? State troopers in Statesboro have moved out of a 35-year-old building to a state-of-the-art complex.

A brand new flag went up the brand new pole at the brand new building. Troopers carried boxes into the new state patrol post in Statesboro as everyone adjusted to the move.

"It's going to take us a while to get straightened out and know where we're at with our stuff," said secretary Cheryl Buie.

Makeshift desks are the rule until overdue furniture arrives. Office space is nearly doubled. The post also includes dorm space for staff to sack out between shifts or house visiting troopers in times of emergency.

Compared to their old 1970s building, the improvements are endless. "We're more accessible to the public on the southside than we were on the northside of town, more accessible to Candler and Evans Counties," said post commander Sgt. Chris Wright.

Besides looks, one of the biggest improvements is behind the scenes. When you consider all the computer networks, phone systems and mobile radios, even state-of-the-art technology didn't work perfectly when retrofitted into the old place.

State patrol retiree Robert Martin had to stop by the old post one more time. He started with the patrol mere months after Post 45 opened.

"There was very little sitting around the coffee table telling war stories, cause the table only sat six people," he said. "Out there, the kitchen will hold 12 to 20."

Martin watched as Wright pulled down the flags from the old office, acknowledging Post 45's past and looking to its future. 

In addition to housing Post 45, the new building also holds the offices for Troop F, which oversees 22 counties.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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