The Georgia State Patrol was created in 1937 by the State of Georgia, and Perry was one of ten areas of the state designated to have a command post. The 1st troopers to arrive were housed in a building on Swift Street, but in 1940, in a joint effort by the city and county governments, this building was built as a command post. With a new building, eight additional men were assigned to the post to join the eight original men. In 1963 a new building at 200 Julianne Street was built for the Georgia State Patrol and this building was repurposed to become the University of Georgia Houston County Cooperative Extension Office. This county service extends lifelong learning to the citizens of Houston County through unbiased, research-based education in agriculture, the environment, communities, youth and families. Houston County Extension agents, staff and trained volunteers keep local communities informed. They offer reliable information and programs in the areas of agriculture, food, families, the environment, and 4-H youth development. In 2005 this property was sold to a private investor and today is home to GWES, LLC, a company that offers engineering services for agriculture, civil, and environmental management.