Top Considerations When Customizing a Mobile Command Center

Several computers and two chairs inside a mobile command center vehicle

Mobile command centers make it possible for law enforcement to operate from anywhere in the field. Designed to act as a mobile version of a central office, these vehicles are usually equipped with cutting-edge technology, as well as special features that make these law enforcement vehicles ideal for tackling unique operations.

For example, in addition to mobile command vehicles, many law enforcement agencies are also equipped with mobile crime labs and mobile DUI vehicles, all designed with specialized equipment and layouts specific to each operation.

When looking to add a mobile command center to your law enforcement fleet, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind throughout the customization process. Each of the following factors will help ensure that your mobile command center is customized to meet your unit’s specific needs.

Navigation Needs

Mobile command centers vary dramatically in size and style. From a small, covert van to a large semi-trailer unit, the type of mobile command vehicle you choose will depend a lot on your navigational needs.

For example, if you will be navigating small roads in urban spaces, an upfit van might be an optimal choice. If you need to take your mobile command center off-road into remote locations, opting for a 4×4 vehicle could be the best choice.

During the customization process, be sure to discuss your navigation needs. This will ensure your team’s safety on the job.

Seating Options

A mobile command center is designed to allow field teams to operate from a fully functional office no matter where duty calls; they are also equipped to allow for the transportation of law enforcement members to a location.

During customization, you will be able to choose the number of seating options you need available for officers and team members.

Choosing the right amount of seating upfront will ensure that everyone has a safe option during transport.

Gear and Equipment Storage Solutions

Mobile command units require a variety of specialized equipment. Additionally, since these units operate in a similar way to a central office, they require ample office storage.

During the customization process, be sure to make a detailed list of what gear, equipment, and supplies will need to be stored in the vehicle.

There are numerous options for increasing storage in a mobile command center, including all of the following:

  • Overhead compartments
  • Under-bench storage
  • Shelving
  • Closets
  • Filing cabinets
  • Lockable storage
  • Exterior storage
  • Onboard Technology

Whether negotiating a hostage situation or responding to a natural disaster, mobile command centers require cutting-edge technology. Law enforcement members must be able to reliably contact other team members, as well as access critical technology.

For this reason, during customization, be sure to ask about outfitting your command center vehicle with cellular and satellite data connectivity and radio capabilities.

Whenever a mobile command unit will be used for surveillance, additional equipment upgrades may be required, such as covert cameras, long-distance wireless transmitters, and GPS tracking devices.

Additionally, most units are designed with built-in charging stations, ensuring that all communication equipment is powered and ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Meeting Spaces

In the same way that private meeting spaces are necessary for a central police station, these meeting spaces are often needed on the go.

Mobile command centers can be designed with small and large meeting spaces, perfect for hosting briefings from anywhere.

Meeting spaces can be designed with ample seating, conference room tables, presentation technology, and more.

Break Rooms and Rest Areas

Often, law enforcement members are asked to work long, hard hours. As such, adding a break room and rest area to a mobile command center can provide some much-needed relief.

Many mobile command centers are outfitted with full kitchens and sleeping areas, making it easier to continue operations around the clock.

Chassis Base

Mobile command centers are usually designed on a truck chassis. For example, the Ford F-750 and the Freightliner M2 make excellent choices for a mobile command vehicle upfit.

When choosing a chassis for the build, it is important to consider the durability of the truck and the reliability of the vehicle.

Other chassis features to consider are fuel economy, maintenance requirements, and size.

The Customization Team

Perhaps one of the most important considerations when customizing a mobile command center is what team you work with to complete the project.

A mobile command vehicle is an important investment, and as such, you want to ensure you are being provided with a quality build.

Look for a well-established business, with years of experience upfitting similar vehicles.

Ask about all your customization options upfront to ensure that the team you choose is capable of providing you with the command center you need.

Additionally, take some time to learn more about how the vehicle will be designed. Does the business have a manufacturing center where they will perform the work? What team members do they have on staff?

Never hesitate to ask questions and do your research upfront. This ensures that you end up with the ideal vehicle for your community’s needs.

Check Out Summit Bodyworks Mobile Command Centers

Designing a mobile command center should be about improving efficiency and ensuring the safety of team members on the road.

These units are utilized by communities around the country to ensure safety, respond to natural disasters, and provide a police presence wherever needed.

At Summit Bodyworks, we have years of experience assisting clients in customizing the ideal mobile command center for their communities’ needs.

Check out our mobile command center vehicles and take a look at one of our custom builds for Vermont State Police.

With our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, we can assist you in customizing the ideal mobile command unit for your team’s needs. Together, our team of project managers, engineers, account managers, and technicians work to ensure every build is backed by quality.

If you are interested in learning more about customizing a mobile command center, please reach out to our team today. We look forward to assisting you in adding to your law enforcement fleet.