Mobile Command Vehicle

Mobile Command Vehicle

This vehicle is fully equipped with communications and computer technology to make the unit a self-sufficient emergency command post. The MCV has the ability to access the external MSP computer network and can also link between on-board PC's through an internal network. Through careful planning, and by staying under a 26,000 pound weight limit, a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) is not required to operate the vehicle. With this vehicle, the Michigan State Police is more prepared than ever to respond to emergency situations to strengthen public safety in the state.


Mobile Command Vehicle inside viewThe features of the MCV are many including a conference room and computer work stations. A vast communications array of radios, cell and landline telephones allow for virtually unlimited communication potential with other law enforcement and public safety agencies. 


The vehicle is equipped with a GPS system for navigation. A cable and satellite TV with VCR allow for the monitoring of local and national media coverage of a incident by command post personnel. Closed circuit exterior TV will provide the ability to videotape events happening outside of the vehicle for analysis and later critique. A 20KW diesel powered generator provides an independent power source. A lavatory, storage cabinets, and a galley complete the package providing tremendous versatility and the capability for extended operations.


Uses of the MCV include an unlimited number of situations where a complex operational response to an emergency or crisis situation is necessary. Some of the uses of the MCV include barricaded suspects, processing major crime scenes, natural disasters, major transportation accidents such as plane crashes or train derailments, civil disorder, lost persons and special events management. The MCV will be particularly effective in isolated areas where there may be limited or no accessibility to technical resources necessary for effective on-scene management of an incident or event.

The MCV provides a valuable support system for law enforcement that can be made available for joint operations with county, local and federal law enforcement agencies. In this case, local agencies receive the benefits of the MCV when involved in joint operations with MSP, without any of the expense.


The MCV is located in the Lansing area, but is available to be deployed very quickly in an emergency and can be anywhere in the state. The Operations Section is responsible for the day-to-day management and scheduling of the vehicle.


As the process of providing law enforcement and public safety services becomes more challenging, police agencies are being required to embrace new technology and use it to their advantage. This is a complex vehicle that will help us address the complex situations that we face today in law enforcement and the challenges that await us in the future.


Michigan State Police

Mobile Command Vehicle (MCV) Specifications


Fuel Tank Capacity:

37.5 Feet Long - 8 feet wide

25,500 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight

Navy Blue

1998 International

International 444 E, 210 HP Turbo Diesel

Grumman Olson

65 Gallons                                 

Four Separate Dispatch Positions
Conference room with Dry Erase Board
(2) TV Monitors with VCR's, Cable TV, Satellite Dish and Local TV Antenna
(2) Roof Mounted Closed Circuit Television
800 MHz, VHF, UHF, and Low Band Radios
Telephone/computer jacks located throughout and a satellite telephone
(2) Combination Fax/Copier/Printer/Scanner
Kitchenette with sink, refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave
Global Positioning Satellite System
(4) Adjustable external 750 watt halogen flood lights