OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/20/13) – The Owensboro Police Department has secured a $50,000 federal grant through the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to purchase a new mobile command center. The department formerly used a 2001 Rockwood 29’ pull behind trailer, and believes the updated and self-propelled vehicle is much better aligned to the needs of the department.
The Owensboro Police Department utilizes a command center for large scale incident scenes, such as Hazmat spills, civil disturbances, hostage situations, explosive devices, and major natural disaster scenes.
The new 2013 Coachman Freelander 31’ Command Center will serve two purposes. First, it will allow the Owensboro Police Department to coordinate and execute a response to these types of calls and event activities that require a prolonged police presence. Second, it will also serve as a backup dispatch center.
Radios, antennas, phones, and other equipment once used in the older command trailer have been installed in the new command center. The Owensboro-Daviess County Central Dispatch had funds on hand in the amount of $17,000 to be used for additional equipment to allow for the dual purpose vehicle.
Information provided by Michael Hathaway
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