|Interior of MSOC|
Hey Westfielders, at least the MSOC (Mobile Strategic Operations Command/Center) will allow Westfield residents to charge mobile phones during power outages.
The newest additions to the police department' fleet and not shown in photos: Ford F350 pickup with mobile generator and CSI response vehicle.
The MSOC, deemed a luxury by a retired police chief from a neighboring town, is a drain on the taxpayer at a time when purchases need to be prioritized. The Union County Police Department located on North Ave. in Westfield has two Mobile Command Centers available to police departments upon request. Union County Police Headquarters also provides a county dispatch center in the event a municipality needs a backup to it's own communications center. During campaigning for re-election, Councilman Frank Arena stated, "We need to get more bang for our buck" when describing the amount of money Westfield pays in county tax dollars each year.
Why not rely on the County to provide the services that the Westfield Town Council claims this $250,000 purchase will provide? Don't forget the Polaris ATV that was purchased with the MSOC coming to a park near you.
Next up: An RRMU (rescue response marine unit) for immediate response and rescue on all Westfield waterways.
|Westfield Police Lieutenant Christopher Battiloro|
Picture by Alternative Press http://www.thealternativepress.com/towns/westfield/articles/westfield-pd-unveils-mobile-command-center-at-spr
|Westfield Police Chief David Wayman (third from left in blue shirt) shows off his new toy.|