SAVANNAH, GA (April 25, 2017) – The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department had a team in place and immediately began working out of the new precinct on Whitefield Avenue following today’s ribbon cutting ceremony.

Resources have been reallocated from other SCMPD precincts to staff the 6,200 square foot facility serving the unincorporated areas of Dutch Island, Burnside Island, Isle of Hope and Skidaway Island communities. Chatham County commissioners broke ground in March and budgeted $3.5 million from SPLOST 6 for the facility.

Patrol Operations Commander, Major Kerry Thomas, said officers were carefully selected for the positions.

“All of the officers we’ve chosen are familiar with the area and know the residents and business owners,” Major Thomas said. “We believe the officers’ presence will increase police visibility in the Whitefield area and be an effective deterrent to criminal activity,” Thomas said.

Lt. Torrance Garvin, who was previously assigned to the Downtown Precinct of the Patrol Division, will be the commander of the Whitefield Precinct. There will also be six sergeants, four corporals and 16 patrol officers assigned to the facility.

For more information about how to contact this precinct and the location, visit http://savannahpd.org/whitefield