GREENSBORO, NC -- The Greensboro Police Department unveiled the newest vehicle to it's fleet - a mobile command center.
The 2007 Freightliner was given to the department in February from the Greensboro Police Foundation. Since then Matthews Specialty Vehicles worked to transform it to a state-of-the-art vehicle with two double-slide outs, robust technology and customized graphics.
Police Chief Wayne Scott said the center is split into three parts - There are work areas for multiple officers in the front, the middle of the command center is the "rehab area" with a kitchenette and restroom and the back is a quiet area where police can meet, help victims. and even question witnesses.
The center will be used during both incident management and community engagement. It will be the department's flagship command and control vehicle.
The old command center, a refurbished Thomas bus, was purchased in 1998. It will now be donated to the Greensboro Fire Department and will be used for large scale fires, community events, and smoke alarm drives after a few upgrades.
The Greensboro Police Foundation raised more than $120,000 to purchase the vehicle from Pennsylvania. The foundation's first major donation to GPD was for body-worn cameras in 2013.
You have a chance to tour the new command center at the Grand Re-Opening Spectacular on Sept. 28 from 3-7 p.m. at Police Headquarters in downtown Greensboro.