The Honolulu Police Department unveiled its latest custom built mobile units that aim to keep our communities safe.
A new Specialized Services Division canine support vehicle can transport up to six dogs and their handlers. It provides much needed respite for when a mission can last 24 hours or more.
The pimped out mobile unit cost $174,000 and comes with temperature-controlled kennels monitored with a remote control alarm.
"If the AC or generator goes down, the alarm will go off. The truck has an alarm too, that'll go off and we can come back and get our dogs out safely," said HPD Cpl. Wayne Silva, whose K-9 partner is 3-year-old Rex.
Also, bulletproof vests, donated by a private organization, are now part of the K-9 attire.
"Sometimes we have to send them into a house to look for an armed suspect. So we want to do the most we can to prevent the dog from getting injured," said Silva.
If a bigger scenario arises, the police department will be able to roll a custom designed, 65-foot mobile incident command center. The massive machine provides better satellite communication capabilities than HPD's previous incident command unit.
"We can put in the federal, state and city agencies in here," said HPD police chief Louis Kealoha. " What this does is allows us to better serve the community, especially when we have man-made or natural disasters."
Federal grant money covered part of the $1.6 million price tag for the command center.
HPD calls it money well spent to help save lives.