GREENSBORO, NC (Feb. 8, 2017) – Approximately one year after launching its second capital campaign, the Greensboro Police Foundation last night received City Council’s approval to donate a mobile command center to the Greensboro Police Department.
Foundation members raised approximately more than $120,000 to purchase a 2007 Freightliner from a dealer in Penn. The vehicle features two double-slide outs, a robust information-technology infrastructure, kitchenette, and a restroom.
“When we heard that the mobile command center has slots for VCR machines, we knew we needed to upgrade the mobile command center,” said Marc Isaacson, Vice President of the GPF. “So we are pleased to report that we have raised the necessary funds to acquire this vehicle.”
The Freightliner replaces GPD’s existing mobile command center, a refurbished Thomas bus, which was purchased in 1998 using federal forfeiture funds. Much of the equipment inside the vehicle is obsolete, taking up valuable space. The vehicle also lacks a restroom.
The mobile command center is the agency’s flagship command and control vehicle that serves two vital functions: incident management and community engagement.
When deployed for incident management, the vehicle provides:
- Centralized command, control, and communications
- Investigative efficiencies through on-scene interviews of witnesses, victims and suspects
- Health, safety and comfort resources for sustained operations
When used for community engagement, the vehicle:
- Is a visible location for crime prevention efforts
- Serves as a rally point for community gatherings to promote police and citizen interaction
The Freightliner will be put in service within 90 days after it receives vinyl decals and minor refurbishment. The sale of the existing mobile command center should cover the costs of this work.
“We are very thankful to the Foundation for acquiring this vehicle,” said Police Chief Wayne Scott. “It provides us with a much-needed capability. And, at no cost to the tax-payer, this is a win-win situation.”
Last night’s motion to accept the vehicle followed a brief presentation by Foundation members. It passed 8 to 1 with Councilwoman Hightower as the dissenting vote.
The Foundation’s first capital campaign raised $125,000 for the department to purchase additional body worn cameras in 2013.
The Greensboro Police Foundation is an independent 501 (c) (3) organization that supplements city funding to provide additional resources to help officers have the best training and equipment possible in order to provide the highest level of service to its citizens.