Have you ever wondered what’s inside those mobile command centers and SWAT vehicles used by police departments? Sure, we’ve all seen the STAR WARS versions that TV cops send to crime scenes, but I’m talking about real-life, where the latest Dr. Who-type gadgetry is stuff real cops only dream of.
This twenty-two foot Freightliner was designed and built by LDV, a company that started out by custom-fitting a vehicle or two in the rear of a Chevrolet dealership.
LDV also designs vehicles for a variety of other uses, such as…
This 40′ crime scene mobile laboratory, complete with a photo lab and the equipment used to digitally enhance fingerprints.
We had one of these sporty vehicles, too.
Our first crime scene command vehicle, a tiny, beat up travel trailer, was quite similar to the one pictured above. We used a K9 van to pull the thing to crime scenes, but no one wanted to set foot in it fearing the bad guys would turn it over with us inside, or worse yet, laugh at us until tears rolled down their cheeks. Ever seen a crackhead laughing uncontrollably? It ain’t pretty.
The van we used for pulling the trailer smelled like wet fur, but the trailer’s odor was far worse. Both vehicles were given to the police department so I sort of figured the people who donated them had a grudge against us. I wonder if it had something to do with the appearance of our police cars…
I’m kidding… (about the car, not the trailer).
* LDV vehicle images by LDV