Bishop brings $347K check for emergency communications

Crisp Sheriff Billy Hancock hopes to have 8 TAC up and running within a year

CORDELE, GA – Local leaders joined Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop today at South Georgia Technical College’s Cordele campus for a $347,000 check presentation from Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs.

The funds come years after they were formally applied for after the 2017 storms that rolled through much of Southwest Georgia.

Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock has already pre-emptively planned for the funding, which will be dedicated to establishing better emergency communications on the east side of the county.

Congressman Bishop says the enhanced communications system will help agencies beyond Crisp County.

“We want to make sure that folks are prepared that they can get early notice and whatever happens that emergency responders can have the necessary communications and capability to respond quickly,” said Bishop afterwards.

“Everything is being worked on, we’ve identified the frequency, we’ve licensed the frequencies that we have to have, so we’re going to make this work,” said Sheriff Hancock. ” And it may still take another 8 to 12 months to actually turn the switch, if you will, to make that tower light.”

Hancock credits Crisp County Commissioners for their foresight in buying the communications tower earlier for only $1.