OWENSBORO, Ky. (8/21/13) -- The new 2013 Coachman Freelander 31 ft. Command Center was unveiled Wednesday and it will be a major tool for the Owensboro Police Department for the use of large scale incident scenes, civil disturbances, hostage situations, explosive devices, and major natural disaster scenes.
 
OPD will now be able to coordinate and execute a response to emergency situations that will require a prolonged OPD, Daviess County Sheriff, Owensboro and Daviess County Fire Departments’ presence. The Command Center will also serve as a backup dispatch center with radios, antennas, and satellite phones from the former vehicle.
 
The Command Center was secured from a $50,000 federal grant through the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. The Owensboro-Daviess County Central Dispatch also used budgeted funds in the amount of $17,000 to be used for additional equipment.
 
OPD anticipates using the Command Center as an educational tool to inform the community about the equipment they use. To show this, the center will be set up at events around the Owensboro-Daviess County area such as International Bar-B-Q Festival next year.
 
Taylor Riley
SurfKY News
Photos provided by Taylor Riley

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Most Read This Week

April 28, 2015 4090

Search for Stolen Vehicle Ends with Woman Charged…

by SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 3433

Online Petition Seeking Re­opening of Shanice…

by Samantha Carver, SurfKY News
April 28, 2015 3297

Man Charged with Stalking Smoke Shop Clerk

by MPD
April 27, 2015 2850

Hopkins County Drug War ― Are We Winning?

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 30, 2015 2737

Family Says 'Goodbye' to Dog After It Allegedly…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 15371

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 8433

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 02, 2015 1154

Frymire’s Life Accomplishments, Dedication to MCC…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 03, 2015 1051

Two Injured During Two-Vehicle Collision

by SurfKY News
May 01, 2015 867

Above and Beyond: Leighann Stroud

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
May 02, 2015 709

Don't Bet on Supreme Court Overturning Marriage…

by Richard Nelson
May 02, 2015 642

Homegrown by Heroes Receives Donation from…

by Ted Sloan
May 02, 2015 609

Weeknight activities the whole family can enjoy

by SurfKY News
May 02, 2015 582

New Mather Metals to Expand in Franklin

by Office of the Governor
May 02, 2015 576

Baptist Health Hosts Annual ‘Bike Safety Day’

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
May 02, 2015 540

Hooked on Science - 'Kentucky Derby Balloon Race'

by Jason Lindsey