Ring­gold pur­chases new radars for Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol

Here’s a look at what’s hap­pen­ing in other parts of North Ge­or­gia:

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RING­GOLD — The city of Ring­gold re­cently voted to buy new radar equip­ment for the Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol in order to help troop­ers bet­ter mon­i­tor speeds in town.

Lately, with road projects along Ga. 151 and I-75 in Ring­gold, law en­force­ment of­fi­cers have seen ha­bit­ual speed­ing go­ing on through con­struc­tion zones.

“We have a 60-mph con­struc­tion zone on I-75, and they’re (po­lice) pulling ve­hi­cles over go­ing be­tween 90 and 115 mph,” City Man­ager Dan Wright said dur­ing the Sept. 24 City Coun­cil meet­ing. “This is in no way a fee-grab­bing sit­u­a­tion. This is about safety.”

GSP Tfc. Brian Ded­mon made a pre­sen­ta­tion at the coun­cil’s work ses­sion and ex­plained how busy troop­ers have been in Ring­gold, and how they could ben­e­fit from new radar equip­ment.

In Au­gust alone, troop­ers is­sued more than 650 ci­ta­tions in the city lim­its. That num­ber is part of the 1,800-plus that were is­sued in to­tal by GSP, Ring­gold PD and the Ca­toosa County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

“It tells you a lit­tle bit about the weight the troop­ers are car­ry­ing in­side our city,” Wright said.

In his pre­sen­ta­tion, Ded­mon re­quested four new DSR2X radars. The coun­cil voted to pur­chase two radars at a cost of $6,025, and then at­tempt to work the other two into next year’s bud­get. Adam Cook, The Ca­toosa County News

Cobb to spend $10.8M for site of po­lice train­ing cen­ter

MA­RI­ETTA — A for­mer BJ’s Whole­sale store in Austell will be­come the fu­ture home of Cobb PD’s train­ing cen­ter.

Cobb com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously ap­proved Tues­day the $10,750,000 pur­chase of about 19 acres and the 115,369-square-foot build­ing at 2435 East-West Con­nec­tor, that once housed the whole­sale club re­tailer.

The pur­chase fol­lows the com­mis­sion’s Au­gust ap­proval to spend $13.5 mil­lion to buy the 5.2-acre LGE Com­mu­nity Credit Union Of­fice Head­quar­ters on Fair­ground Street in Ma­ri­etta to be­come the po­lice de­part­ment’s new head­quar­ters.

Heaton said the de­part­ment’s plans for the site ap­proved Tues­day are to build an in­door fir­ing range at the fa­cil­ity, and then start us­ing the build­ing for train­ing. Con­struc­tion of the range could take about 12 to 14 months, county of­fi­cials said. Jon Gar­gis, Ma­ri­etta Daily Jour­nal

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