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New Indy police mobile unit an office on the go

– Indianapolis police are hitting the road for emergencies and special events in a new rolling office that keeps all the tools they need at hand.

The $500,000 mobile incident command vehicle resembles a big bus but includes high-tech surveillance equipment, satellite and cellular capabilities that allow videoconferencing and wireless networking.

The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/1hlWw5o) the 38-foot vehicle was purchased with a U.S. Department of Justice grant.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Al Larsen says the vehicle is one of three mobile units the city owns. A 9-year-old unit will be used primarily for fire purposes. A 20-year-old vehicle will be repurposed for use by emergency medical personnel.

Indianapolis police Capt. Joe Finch says the vehicles help officers in the field stay safe and do their jobs.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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