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Troopers face equipment challenges

April 9, 2006

Americus--Another challenge facing the Georgia State Patrol is equipment. Some of it is old and outdated.

That includes many of the cars troopers drive. Some of the troopers say their cars have more than 130,000 miles on them.

Thirty years ago, patrol cars were often traded in for new ones after only 65,000 miles.

In Americus, troopers say their outdated radio system, which is more than twenty years old, limits their communication with one another.

"We patrol five counties out of Americus, and when you get up on the north end of Marion County as one of our farthest points we do have trouble, sometimes we don't even have contact," says Sgt. Marc Ellis.

Nearby counties will sometimes donate equipment to GSP. Recently the GSP post in Americus received two radars from Webster and Terrell County.

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