VSP celebrates new Area 22 office
Virginia State Police held an official celebration and commemoration last week of a major overhaul that resulted in the recent completion of a new, state-of-the-art Area 22 headquarters in South Hill.
The new facility brought Virginia State Police’s local office up-to-date with sorely needed refurbishing and upgrades that reflect the ever-growing needs of law enforcement in a modern, technology-driven world of community policing coupled with an ever-intensifying battle against criminal activity.
Tuesday’s celebration of the completed facility, located on its original, longstanding home turf on Highway 1/N. Mecklenburg Avenue, attracted high-ranking state police representatives from the state and regional levels as well as State Sen. Frank Ruff, Del. Tommy Wright and additional South Hill and Mecklenburg County officials, all of whom celebrated the completion of the project, which was the brainchild of current Appomattox Division Area 22 First Sergeant Sidney C. Leslie, whose vision for the project resulted in the new 3,100 square foot structure that serves as headquarters for state police for Mecklenburg and Lunenburg counties.
The structure, which was constructed in 2016 at a cost of $630,000, replaced the previous area office constructed in 1966, more than tripling the workspace available to local troopers.
Said First Sergeant Leslie Tuesday, “This building would not have been possible without the tremendous support we’ve received from Sen. Frank Ruff and Del. Tommy Wright, who were instrumental in helping us turn our vision for a new Area 22 office into a reality. We’ve tripled our usable space with our new facility, and we are excited for our troopers and special agents to have this updated and more efficient work space.”
Wright and Ruff, who are well-known for their respective pro-law enforcement and EMS stances in local communities, praised the efforts of Leslie and all who had a hand in bringing the project to fruition.