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Crawford County Sheriff’s Office receives $300,000 grant for advanced mobile command center

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Wis. – The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office Department of Emergency Management is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded a $300,000 grant for the procurement and implementation of a new, advanced Mobile Command Center (MCC). This significant grant has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice under the 2023 Bureau of Justice Assistance Rural and Small Department Violent Crime Reduction Program.

The grant will be instrumental in addressing the pressing challenges currently faced by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office (CRSO) due to its outdated and unsafe Mobile Command Center (MCC). The new MCC will serve as a pivotal resource in the management of violent crime scenes, significantly enhancing officer safety, enabling more effective community response, and guaranteeing scene security.

“The acquisition of a new Mobile Command Center will undoubtedly revolutionize our ability to respond to violent crime scenes. This grant will enable us to equip our team with the tools they need to serve the community better, ensuring everyone’s safety and security,” said Jim Hackett, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office Director of Emergency Management.

A Mobile Command Center, commonly referred to as a command post, is a central hub for strategic operations and communications during emergencies, special events, or other critical incidents. Typically housed in a large vehicle or trailer, the MCC allows law enforcement and emergency responders to coordinate efforts, gather intelligence, and communicate with various agencies and units in real-time. Equipped with advanced technological tools, such as computer systems, communication devices, surveillance equipment, and mapping tools, the MCC ensures that officers and responders have access to the resources they need to manage situations effectively and efficiently.

One of the primary objectives of this project is to design and procure a state-of-the-art MCC, which will be equipped with the latest technology. Customization will be a top priority, ensuring the MCC is tailored to meet the unique needs and challenges of the CRSO. This will provide optimal support to our officers during violent crime incidents and emergencies.

The community can expect to see this new MCC in operation in the not-so-distant future, as the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office actively works on the project’s design, procurement, and implementation phases.

For more information about this grant or the Mobile Command Center project, please contact Jim Hackett, 608-326-0266, jhackett@co.crawford.wi.gov

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