Gwent Police

Bott has transformed three Mercedes Sprinters into mobile community offices for Gwent Police.

Gwent Police previously used local houses as police stations, but investment in these vehicles enables officers to be more accessible to the vast rural community and gives a highly visible police presence.

Gwent Police wanted to ensure efficient use of resources; therefore developing a vehicle with a real breadth of capability was vital. In addition to being used for day to day police services, the vehicles also function as mobile office hubs and community outreach vehicles, with an exterior sound and video presentation capability.

The vehicles feature advanced IT and media systems to allow a fully functional office to be created onsite.

Power is provided by either a silenced generator or via a direct connection to mains electricity, giving a flexible solution which can function in remote areas. The vehicles also feature internal LED lighting, and LED scene lighting has also been incorporated into the design to illuminate crime scenes or events. This is complemented by a full heating and air conditioning system to deliver a professional workspace.

This workspace houses an advanced array of technology to give full mobile office capability. IT connection points accept USB and VGA connections, enabling laptops to be connected to the onboard IT display equipment. This includes a 42" LCD touch screen with smartboard technology for presentations and DVD and satellite channel viewing. A CAMOS Skydome receiver enables each vehicle to receive satellite channels. A freesat box with added hard drive recorder allows officers to air free to view satellite channels and record both news coverage and interview footage for evidential purposes.

The vehicle has also been specified for event support and as a mobile presentation unit. This is enabled by innovative external communication technologies. The system is based around an external 26" LCD TV featuring weatherproof speakers, enabling the police force to deliver external presentations and run DVDs.

David Johnson, superintendent at Gwent Police, commented: "Bott worked very closely with us throughout the project to gain a full understanding of our requirements and develop a detailed design and construction plan. The whole team are so impressed with the transformation of the vans, which now create the perfect environment for the community to meet with police officers. Both staff and visitors have commented how comfortable it is - they can't quite believe they are sitting in a van."