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Residents of Bryan County benefit greatly from strong and visionary local government leaders who have proactively planned and implemented critical services throughout the rapid growth of the last decade. A collaborative effort between city and county officials ensures that services and infrastructure guarantee a continued high quality of life for all residents.

A safe and secure community surrounds Bryan County’s family-oriented lifestyle. The sheriff and city police departments proudly maintain one of the lowest crime rates in the Coastal Empire year after year as a result of top-notch law enforcement facilities and state-of-the-art equipment. An excellent Fire Department and Emergency Service Provider System offers 24/7 service with two ambulances on each end of the county.

On February 1, 2008, Bryan County Emergency Services took delivery of a Mobile Command Vehicle. This vehicle was purchased with Homeland Security Funds with no matching funds required from the county. BlackHawk 1 was designed and built by North American Catastrophe Services (NACS), a company in Florida, which specializes in these types of vehicles.

Since its establishment on October 18, 1877, the Richmond Hill Police Department has grown into a professional organization consisting of 30 sworn officers and eight administrative staff. The department consists of three divisions which include the Uniformed Division, the Criminal Investigations Division and the Services Division. Specialized units consist of training, traffic and K-9.

Officers are equipped with the most modern equipment available to law enforcement. Construction of a 10,000-square-foot police complex was completed in late 1999. All officers are equipped with ballistic vests, portable radios, 40 caliber handguns, new shotguns, laptop computers for reporting, specialized weapons, in-car video cameras and many other items that are necessary to perform their duties. The department also has a state-of-the-art firearms complex and FATS system (firearms simulation). Additionally, the records system is totally computerized.

The Richmond Hill Police Department received state certification from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police in January 2000. Certification acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.

Editorial provided by Chief Billy D. Reynolds Sr.

Water and wastewater has been a concern with growth. Richmond Hill is an example of a city with a growing population and a need for additional infrastructure; therefore, in 1995, Richmond Hill prepared for expansion by planning for the construction of the Sterling Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Richmond Hill invested six million dollars over 20 years in a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility – successfully establishing a regional wastewater treatment program that brings nature back into the treatment process. This overland-based process enables the city to maintain its natural coastal beauty while providing for the expansion capabilities for the City of Richmond Hill.

The treatment facility removes harmful pollutants from liquid waste so that it can return to the environment safely. Additionally, the all-natural facility attracts a variety of wildlife and is a popular site for avid bird watchers and wildlife viewing. This 500-acre facility has been designated a wildlife sanctuary by the city council.

Richmond Hill’s wastewater treatment facility serves more than nine thousand residents and collects sewage over an area of 10 square miles. The wetlands process an average of 1 million gallons per day, with capacity to treat 1.5 million gallons per day. All this falls under the guidance of the Operations Management International, Inc. (OMI), which is contracted by the city to handle all of the public works for Richmond Hill.

Richmond Hill’s innovative approach to wastewater treatment has been beneficial in a variety of ways and was recognized by the Georgia Water and Pollution Control Association with the Public Education Award in July 2004. The constructed wetlands program is excellent because it is low in cost and in maintenance requirements, offers good performance and provides a natural appearance. The constructed wetlands are well-suited in small communities like Richmond Hill.

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