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NCJ Number: 222017 Find in a Library
Title: 'Filling' a Communications Cavity
Corporate Author: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
United States of America
Date Published: 2008
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Grant Number: 2005-MU-CX-K077
Sale Source: National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)
700 N. Frederick Ave.
Bldg. 181, Room 1L30
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper describes how a 30-foot mobile U.S. Navy dental clinic was transformed into a mobile communications center with satellite telephone, wireless Internet, computer terminals, and a radio interconnect device.
Abstract: This transformation occurred under the Federal 1033 Excess Property Program and the combined efforts of the North Carolina Law Enforcement Support Services (NCLESS), the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC)-Southeast, and Border Research and Technology Center (BRTC). Both NLECTC-Southeast and BRTC are programs of the U.S. Justice Department's National Institute of Justice (NIJ). The 1033 Program permits the Secretary of Defense to transfer, without charge, excess U.S. Department of Defense supplies and equipment to State and local law enforcement agencies. NCLESS already had the ability and the staff through their 1033 Program to assist in this regard. The first step in the transformation was to strip out the dental chairs and other equipment and divide the vehicle into two "rooms," one primarily for communications and the other for meetings. Additional equipment installed included a police agency radio, a marine radio, a citizens band radio, a ham radio, four computers, and an overhead projector. If the vehicle goes to a disaster area, there is a satellite telephone connection, and local agencies can bring in their laptops and use the wireless connection if they have lost their own Internet capabilities. New, a fully equipped vehicle of this type would have cost between $200,000 and $300,000. The transformation cost $36,000. An inset box in this paper describes the various Federal excess property programs, namely, the 1033 Program, the 1122 Program, the Surplus Property Donation Program, and the 1401 Technology Transfer Program.
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Disaster procedures; Emergency communications; Emergency vehicles; Federal programs; Mobile digital communications; Mobile radio equipment; NIJ grant-related documents; North Carolina; Police command and control; Police special purpose vehicles; Vehicle equipment
Note: Reprinted from TechBeat, Winter 2008; downloaded March 20, 2008.
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