01/10/09 78 W, 1 I - + 8 - 12 Department of Correction

Speaking of specialized vehicles for law enforcement agencies, the DOC parks this Special Operations Response Team unit off W. Hargett Street, near the old entrance to Central Prison. It'll turn a head as you're driving by, if you're looking that way. Learn more about the Department of Correction, including a neat section on their site on closed prisons. What other special LEO vehicles are utilized around the area?

RPD has a mobile command center and an armored vehicle that SEU (SWAT team) uses called “The Bear.” Looks like an armored car. No markings.
Native Charlottean - 01/10/09 - 10:22

CMPD also has the “BEAR” (Ballistic Engineered Response & Rescue) made by, I want to say, Lenco. It is lettered with CMPD SWAT but the lettering is a reflective gray/black color and during the day is only visible from certain angles.

The Bomb Squad has a truck on a 4-dr International Chassis (rescue body with small walk-in office/dress out room/briefing room), which I understand is being replaced by a new truck. The negotiators have a truck (similar to Raleigh’s Command Post). SWAT has a few older armored vehicles and some other transport type vehicles. CMPD and CFD share the Mobile Command Post (bus) and also share the MOC (Mobile Operations Center – a 53’ tractor trailer). The MOC is also a UASI asset so it can be used by any County in the UASI. CMPD has a surveillance van which is used by the Intelligence Unit. The Aviation Unit has 1 (or 2) Bell Helicopters.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office has mobile arrest processing tractor trailer that has a small holding cell and several computers used to process people arrested on the scene of large events. Not sure of anything else they might have.

That’s all I can recall off the top of my head.
Luke - 01/12/09 - 02:41

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