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Title: Special-Purpose Vehicles
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:61  Issue:5  Dated:(May 1994)  Pages:37,39-45
Author(s): L Pilant
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the characteristics and operations of various types of police special-purpose vehicles, outlines principles for the design of a special- purpose vehicle, and suggests a purchasing strategy.
Abstract: Many special-purpose vehicles are used as command posts; some are loaded with electronic and communications equipment, and others function more like mobile conference rooms. A working command post will typically house a communications center with dispatch equipment, computers, television, VCR, cellular and land-line telephones, fax machines, copiers, and the ability to monitor the local news coverage. Other types of special-purpose vehicles include SWAT vans and surveillance vehicles. Special-purpose vehicles can also be used for bomb squads, hazardous materials incidents, search and rescue, disaster management, communications, mobile recruiting units, and substations or roadside checkpoints. As a case example of how to design and purchase a special-purpose vehicle, the article discusses the Los Angeles County rapid-deployment, command-post van that can be used for short-term incidents (6-8 hours). Based on this case study, the author outlines principles for the design of a special-purpose vehicle. Regarding the purchase, the article recommends getting references before selecting a supplier. Administrators should also visit neighboring departments that have already purchased a similar vehicle and determine whether they are satisfied with the product and the supplier's services. A source listing of suppliers is provided.
Main Term(s): Police equipment
Index Term(s): Communications vans; Police vans
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