November 15, 2012

Logansport police acquire mobile incident command center

Center intended to help in large emergencies

by Caitlin Huston

LOGANSPORT — A recently acquired trailer will be used by the Logansport Police Department as an incident command center in serious situations, according to Police Chief Mike Clark.

Clark said the trailer would be equipped with phone banks and radios and is intended to be used in situations with hostages or shootouts. Cass County commissioners voted last week to transfer the trailer from the Cass County Emergency Management Agency to the Logansport Police Department.

Cass County Commissioner Dave Arnold said the EMA had an extra trailer, which the commissioners declared as surplus property.

Clark said the trailer could hold eight to 10 people.

“It will be used by the police for serious incidents,” Clark said.

He said the trailer could also be set up at events such as the Bike Rodeo or used at a large fire.

This is the first time the police department has had such a command center.

“It would probably be special teams that would use it,” Clark said.

Though the trailer currently sits in the parking lot next to the City Building, Clark said he hoped to move it indoors for the winter when it’s not in use.

“It’s up in the air where we’ll put it,” Clark said.

Arnold said because the police department said they had a need for it, he supported the transfer.

While Clark acknowledged that the serious situations are not frequent, he said he hopes the trailer will help the police handle the situations better when they do happen.

“If one does arise, we’re going to be prepared and have the best possible response,” Clark said.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or