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Georgia State Patrol

Police Force

The Georgia Department of Public Safety was created in 1937 and oversees the day-to-day operation of the Georgia State Patrol (GSP), Capitol Police and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD). GSP troopers investigate traffic crashes and enforce traffic and criminal laws on the state's roads. Capitol Police officers prevent and detect criminal acts, and enforce traffic regulations throughout Capitol Hill. MCCD officers conduct safety inspections of commercial motor vehicles and inspect highway shipments of hazardous materials.

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The Georgia Department of Public Safety was created in 1937 and oversees the day-to-day operation of the Georgia State Patrol (GSP), Capitol Police and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD). GSP troopers investigate traffic crashes and enforce traffic and criminal laws on the state's roads. Capitol Police officers prevent and detect criminal acts, and enforce traffic regulations throughout Capitol Hill. MCCD officers conduct safety inspections of commercial motor vehicles and inspect highway shipments of hazardous materials.

"Wisdom, Justice and Moderation" has been the motto of the Georgia State Patrol since its inception in March 1937. It was the motoring public who first advocated the need for the Department of Public Safety. Traffic fatalities, increased crime, and a need for a larger law enforcement agency with statewide arrest powers, led Georgia lawmakers to create the State Patrol. In the summer of 1937, the first Trooper School was held at the campus of The Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated 80 Troopers. The first Headquarters for the Georgia State Patrol was founded in the Confederate Veterans' mansion on East Confederate Avenue in Atlanta, Ga. The facilities were moved to the newly constructed Headquarters Building next door in the mid-1950s. This building still houses the offices of all command staff members, personnel, supplies, motor pool/garage and the Metro-Atlanta Communications Center, or "Troop C" as it is known. Prior to the construction of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Ga, Headquarters was also the site of GSP's "Trooper School". Later in this period, driver training was conducted at the "Atlanta International Raceway", or "Atlanta Motor Speedway" as it is known today. To date, the Georgia State Patrol has graduated 95 Trooper Schools.

Since its beginnings, the Georgia State Patrol has been one of the leading law enforcement agencies in the country with regards to new technology and innovations. Georgia State Patrol was the first agency to equip all of its patrol cars with dash-mounted cameras. Each trooper on patrol in Georgia has specialized training in the Pursuit Immobilization Technique (P.I.T.). This method allows Troopers to end pursuits quickly by putting the fleeing vehicle in a controlled spin.

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