Several years ago the MPD acquired a Police Command Vehicle. Now, the wisdom of outlaying that amount of money has been questioned - but to allay the worst fears, this was not paid for with property tax dollars; it was acquired through a grant that had a limited scope. Anyway, coulda-woulda-shoulda- we have the vehicle now.
The question I am posing is this, "Where in the hell is it?" Okay, I know where it is. It is usally housed in a space at the Millville Rescue Squad, in space paid for by Office of Emergency Management funds. OEM headquarters are pretty much mandated to receive such funds, and ours is at the MRS. At least, that is how things stood last time I had any conversation about it, I don't know if anything has changed in the interim.
Anyway, this rant has a purpose. The PCM is doing nobody any good parked in a garage. With stepped up patrols throughout the neighborhoods, why not use it as a mobile police office? Park it in front of the known drug house on the 500 block of Mulberry Street for a month, and have the beat and bike cops use it as an office.
Park it on the 200 block of Vine Street for a month so that the plethora of hookers that hang out around the church and nursery school 24/7 will be forced to move their base of operations.
And, to really mix things up, strategically place some undercover operations in the likely areas where the dealers, pimps and whore will relocate.
Just an idea...