|Oshkosh Police Department to unveil new command unit - July 10 2014
OSHKOSH, WI - It's big, it's bold and it will be hard to miss as it rolls through town. Oshkosh Police Chief Scott Greuel wants the department's new Command and Community Outreach Vehicle (CCOV) to be noticed as it is put into service this weekend.
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"The most important part is seeing it in the neighborhoods. We want people to be attracted to it and to come talk to us," Greuel said. "The Command Vehicle enhances our team policing philosophy, and enhances our ability to carry out our mission of 'Know us BEFORE you need us.' "
The public is invited to tour the vehicle on Saturday, July 12, during its first community event at the Oshkosh Saturday Farmers Market. The farmers market is held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street and the 100 block of Church Avenue in Oshkosh, rain or shine. Police officers will be on hand to talk about and demonstrate the vehicle, as well as discuss issues of importance with local residents.
Saturday's appearance at the farmers market will be the first of many opportunities that residents will have to see the vehicle as OPD puts the $300,000, 36-foot truck to use as a communications hub at major community events and in neighborhoods for outreach efforts.
Oshkosh, known as Wisconsin's Event City with more than 1 million visitors annually, has 200 special events that police are involved with each year. Residents can expect to see the vehicle at events including Rock USA and EAA Airventure this summer, as well as Country USA, Sawdust Days and Lifest in the future.
The CCOV also will be used as a command post at major incidents, such as crime scenes or natural disasters. Equipped with state-of-the-art communications technology, the vehicle was purchased this spring after a successful community-wide fundraising campaign.
It is the last phase of implementation of the OPD's Team Policing philosophy as a neighborhood outreach tool, providing a hub for neighborhood meetings, internet safety training and educational purposes. The CCOV's outreach schedule will be communicated in advance with the community via social media, including Facebook and Twitter, Greuel said.
City Manager Mark Rohloff thinks the Team Policing strategy is making a difference.
"Team Policing is one example of increasing community engagement across the city and how we are working to better meet the needs of the neighborhoods," Rohloff said. "Strong neighborhoods are such an important focus as the city and many others are working to make Oshkosh a great place to live and raise a family."
The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation led the fundraising campaign in support of the CCOV. The community contributed more than $212,000, including a $100,000 grant from the Foundation's Community Impact Fund, and up to $106,000 was designated for the vehicle in the City of Oshkosh's Capital Improvements Plan. The Foundation continues to raise funds to add equipment, including a mounted telescopic mast surveillance camera.
"The Foundation is proud to be able to support needs like this in our community, and we are so grateful for the donors who contributed to mobile command unit," said Diane Abraham, president and chief executive officer of the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. "Our success shows that the quality of life in our community is important to people, and that they are willing to invest in our community's future. This is a legacy we can all celebrate."
Abraham noted that many successful projects such as the otter exhibit at Menominee Park Zoo and Pollock Community Water Park have been completed thanks to public-philanthropic partnerships with the Foundation.
At A Glance: Oshkosh Command & Community Outreach Vehicle
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The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call 920-426-3993.
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