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Houma, Louisiana Police Introduce new Mobile Command Unit

Date: 2018-01-16
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From an article by posted By Dan Copp, Staff Writer, in The Daily Comet, on Jan. 11, 2018.

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The Houma, Louisiana, Police Department has debuted a new state-of-the art mobile command vehicle.  The Terrebonne Parish Council approved the agency’s request to purchase the unit last June. The PD had found a used mobile command center from specialty vehicle manufacturer LDV, during a nationwide bidding process. The cost was only $85,000; with painting the unit and adding new decals, the total cost of the vehicle to the Parish was about $100,000 - more than a $200,000 savings to the Parish than if they'd bought the unit new.

The MCC had been owned by a police department in California, where it had been kept in excellent condition. “We were originally concerned about it being 17 years old, but when we looked at it we were floored because it was just so immaculate,” The Lt. Karl Beattie told Daily Comet newspaper.

“This is a huge savings for us,” Capt. Bobbie O’Bryan added. “It has less than 7,500 miles on it and less than 250 hours on the generator.”

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The command unit equipped with satellite communications, radio, video, and internet capabilities, Beattie told the newspaper. It “will be essential for communications and coordination for the Houma Police Department in the event of an emergency.” The MCC will be especially significant for managing hostage negotiations and other critical operations. Additionally, “If our communications get knocked out then we will have extra radios and repeaters available so that we’ll be able to put dispatchers in the command unit,” Beattie said.

Read the full story here at the Daily Comet

- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via LDV, 1/15/18)

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