Margate Police Mobile Command Vehicle
In 1994, the
Margate Police Department commissioned LDV of Burlington, Wisconsin to custom
build a mobile command vehicle designed to enhance the agency’s emergency and
tactical response capabilities. Revolutionary in terms of its level of
sophistication at the time, the vehicle cost approximately $425,000 and was
acquired solely through drug forfeiture fund proceeds without cost to the
the years, the vehicle proved its value and utility in a wide variety of diverse
assignments in the city as well as in mutual aid operations throughout the State
of Florida. Within the city, the vehicle capably served in hundreds of
deployments during special operations, crime scenes and other assignments. Among
its more notable mutual aid deployments:
Utilized in conjunction with the United States Secret Service as a mobile
command post during the first Summit of the Americas held in 1994 in Miami
by the Organization of American States.
Deployed in support of the Broward County Multi-Agency Gang Task Force (MAGTF)
during the Fort Lauderdale Air and Sea Show 2000-2007 as well as other MAGTF
Assisted Osceola County and the City of Kissimmee in recovery operations
related to Hurricane Charley in 2004. Served as the command post for Margate
Officers deployed in mutual aid law enforcement and security operations.
fourteen years of regular deployments, the vehicle was showing its age. In 2008,
was made to refurbish the vehicle in lieu of replacement. This decision was
based upon the fact that comparable command vehicles are now priced between
$350-500,000 and the body, chassis and powertrain of the vehicle remained in
Industries and Diversified Enterprises (PRIDE) of Tomoka, Florida were
contracted in May 2008 to complete a major refurbishment of the mobile command
vehicle. This $50,000 overhaul was once again financed through drug forfeiture
funds at no cost to taxpayers. Included in the refurbishment were the following
Complete body repair
Replacement of the
generator and air conditioning units with high efficiency units.
Replacement of exterior
emergency lighting with high efficiency devices.
The refurbishment, at
significantly less cost than replacement, has proven to be a success. The mobile
command vehicle looks pristine. These changes have extended the estimated
service life of the Margate Police Mobile Command Vehicle. It will continue to
capably serve our community well into the future.