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Law enforcement holds training day with Mobile Command Unit

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BENTON COUNTY, WA - Every once in a while, detectives with the Benton County Sheriff's Office get together to train on their Mobile Command Unit. They say it's important for them to become as proficient as possible, and to also be prepared for one of the many situations they find themselves using it in. Reporter Jaclyn Selesky got a sneak peak inside of the detectives' training.

It's not your average police cruiser. Detectives with Benton County Sheriff's Office have to learn how to drive their 38-foot long Mobile Command Unit, set it up quickly when they arrive to a scene, and then break everything down in a timely manner. The MCU is used for a wide range of situations like major crimes, homicides, hostage situations, natural disasters, as well as less serious things like boat races and fairs. Their main goal for today's training was to be as comfortable with the MCU as they can be so they're prepared for any of these situations.

"We try to be as proficient as we can in the equipment that we're issued," said Bob Brockman, Sergeant with Benton County Sheriff's Office. "The mobile [command] unit is one of those pieces of equipment. It's just like anything else, we go to the range to be proficient with our firearms, or our defensive tactics or our interview techniques. It's just another tool in what we have to make our community safer."

Another purpose of the MCU is to protect commanders and law enforcement from extreme weather conditions, whether it be freezing cold or 100 degrees outside.