Crowd Funding for Salem’s Mobile Command Center

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Instead of working out of an SUV, the Salem Police Department has a state-of-the-art 40′ mobile command center paid for with the city budget, grants and crowd funding raised by a police foundation.

The police in Salem, Oregon, have a new mobile command center that can conduct full-scale investigations and operations, according to the Statesman Journal last month.

The state-of-the-art mobile command unit cost more than $600,000 and was partially funded by efforts of the Salem Police Foundation through the organization’s online Mobile Command Parts Shop launched in 2017.

“The vehicle interior contains everything from a comprehensive control room to a satellite communications system. Parts range from $5-$25,000. Every purchase made goes toward the total cost of the vehicle, and each item is vital,” according to the foundation’s blog post.

Donors could fund more than 100 different parts from the chassis up through to the control room and kitchen.

According to the original story, federal and state grants totaling $250,000 and more than $100,000 in private donations was raised through the foundation along with the department’s operating budgets and funds reserved in the city budget over a two-year period. 

Walk through the work stations with CCTV Salem and Lieutenant Ben Bales on Facebook.

Access the original article on the StatesmanJournal.com.

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Andrea Fox

Andrea Fox

Andrea Fox is Editor of EfficientGov.com and Senior Editor at Lexipol. She is based in Massachusetts.