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DPS gains new airport facility in Gregg County

DPS gains new airport facility in Gregg County
Longview News-Journal
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 9:31am

A new hangar for Department of Public Safety officials promises increased security and more space for law enforcement collaboration in efforts to provide enhanced public safety.

Gregg County commissioners on Monday approved a one-year lease agreement between Gregg County and DPS, allowing the department to house its Gregg County-based helicopter at the KRS Jet Center, as well as maintain daily operations.

DPS has been leasing space at the center at East Texas Regional Airport since September 2010, when the helicopter was brought to Longview to assist law enforcement.

Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano said the private facility, which DPS should be able to move into Nov. 1, will provide more security and efficiency.

“The planning operations that take place before they take off will be secure,” Cerliano said. “Plus, a lot of different agencies will be able to fit in here to coordinate ground and air crews.”

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