Dutch police buy mobile command center

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HOLLAND — The Dutch Ministry of Public Security will get a new mobile command center early next year after Holland’s city council cleared the $390,000 purchase this week.

The vehicle will replace the police department’s 22-year-old mobile command vehicle, which had problems with reliability, lack of space and lacked a generator.

Mobile command centers are used by police and emergency management to respond to long and complex incidents, such as search and rescue operations and situations requiring the use of the police department’s negotiation team , such as people barricaded inside a building or hostage taking.

The vehicle is equipped with office space inside for command officers and negotiation teams to work and sketch out plans of operations.

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“This personalized mobile command unit has been in the works for several years,” Dutch police captain Keith Mulder told the council on Wednesday. “We started the search in April 2020.”

The vehicle is expected to be delivered in early 2023. Funds for its purchase have been reserved in the fiscal year 2023 budget, approved by Holland City Council earlier this monthbut the police department moved the order deadline forward to lock in the price ahead of expected increases.

At the same meeting, the board recognized the students of the Holland Youth Advisory Council for another year of work and approved a grant application to the Michigan Arts and Culture Council on behalf of HYAC for $2,000 to bring representatives from the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi for an event on Indigenous land use and sustainability.

The grant application was submitted by new employee Connie Locker, the city’s first grants manager. The newly created position within the finance department will seek local, state and federal grants to match city projects and initiatives and manage the application and documentation and reporting processes.

— Contact journalist Carolyn Muyskens at cmuyskens@hollandsentinel.com and follow her on Twitter at @cjmuyskens.

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