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County officers move into law enforcement complex

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office is moving into its new law enforcement complex this week.

The move officially began last week, with evidence from the agency’s evidence locker being transported from the former location to secured space inside the new complex.

On Monday, different departments began to move into the new building: separate departments within the law enforcement agency are moving in shifts, so that protection of the county is not interrupted, according to Jason Chapman, spokesman for the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.

By next week, all departments within the sheriff’s office should be officially housed in the new complex, he said. This includes road patrol, investigations, administrative offices and personnel, the warrants division and other departments within the sheriff’s office.

The newly-built complex carries a price tag of about $5.2 million, and is nearly 17,000-square-feet. It was built with funding from the Capital Improvement Projects, a special list of new construction projects or improvements that are being paid for with an additional one-cent sales tax in Colleton County. The additional one-cent sales tax on retail goods was approved via a referendum by Colleton voters more than two years ago. Construction of the new law enforcement complex was one of about 12 projects chosen countywide.

Until now, the sheriff’s office administrative departments have been housed temporarily in the back of the Colleton Civic Center. Other departments, such as investigations, have been housed behind the Colleton Detention Center (county jail).

“The new complex is completely self-contained,” said Chapman. “It is more efficient for all of us to be under the same roof.” The sheriff’s office has about 150 employees, all of whom will be housed in the new complex.

The new law enforcement headquarters is also housing the county’s 911-emergency call center, which is the intake center for all emergency calls for the entire county.

Within the next five years, Chapman says the plan is to expand the center’s campus to include construction of a new county jail.

The complex is located at 394 Mable T. Willis Boulevard in Walterboro. The Miller Street office will be open until Friday at noon. Monday is a holiday. The new complex will open at 8:00 AM on Tuesday.

Heather Walters (1410 Posts)