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State Police relocates its Bowling Green office

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE BOWLING GREEN OFFICE RELOCATES

CAROLINE CO. – After nearly 26 years at its current location, the Virginia State Police Area 44 Office in Bowling Green is relocating to a new facility. Today, Dec. 12, 2011, State Police has opened its doors at a new location at 110 Milford Street in the Town of Bowling Green.

Even though the new location is only two-tenths of a mile down the road from the old site at 101 Ennis Street, it does afford State Police 700 more square feet of office space in a more modern facility.

According to the Area 44 Commander, First Sgt. Bill Blydenburgh, “This move signals a new beginning for State Police and will help our troopers better serve those living, working and visiting Caroline and King George counties. We hope to eventually secure the funding to build our own office, but are fortunate to have this opportunity to acquire rental space that accommodates our changing needs.”

The Area 44 Office is currently authorized 19 Troopers, two Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer’s (CVEO’s), two Sergeants, a First Sergeant and two office support staff. In 2009, Area 44 troopers responded to 10,129 calls for service compared to 9,150 in 2010. Between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 11, 2011, the men and women who patrol both counties have responded to a total of 8,018 calls for service.

Over the years, the Area 44 Office has mourned the loss of three troopers killed in traffic crashes while on duty. On July 22, 1978, Trooper Lohr was killed on Interstate 95 at Carmel Church in Caroline County; Trooper Farmer was killed Sept. 3, 1981, on Route 639 in Caroline; and, just this year, Trooper Adam Bowen was killed June 24, 2011, on Route 3 at Madison Drive in King George County.

Area 44 Troopers patrol 539 square miles in Caroline County and 188 square miles in King George County; as well as respond to calls for service and for assistance from the Caroline County and King George County sheriff’s offices. The Bowling Green Area 44 Office is also responsible for providing traffic control and security for events at the Meadow Event Park, to include the State Fair of Virginia and Celtic Festival. Other public services provided to the citizens include fingerprinting for employment or criminal background checks, public safety talks for groups of all ages, registration of sex offenders, and providing accident reports investigated by the Department of State Police.

The Virginia State Police also provides opportunities for the public to get involved through the Department’s Volunteer Program. Citizens wishing to participate in the program are encouraged to apply. For further information, please go to http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Employment_Volunteers.shtm.

Despite the new location, the Area 44 Office’s phone number will remain the same, (804) 633-6799, and its email address is Area44@vsp.virginia.gov. The public can call the office number for routine police matters or questions. In cases of an emergency and for state police response, contact the Virginia State Police Richmond Division Communications Center by dialing #77 from a cellular phone or (804) 553-3445.

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