May 13, 2013
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has obtained a new tool for enforcement operations.
ABC agents now have a state-of-the-art field support vehicle that will serve as a centralized command post at large-scale events where alcohol enforcement operations are routine.
“This is a game-changer for us,” says Shawn Walker, director of the Bureau of Law Enforcement for Virginia ABC. “It will give us the benefit of enhanced communications, more centralized operational efficiency and a very visible ABC law enforcement presence at these highly populated events.”
The vehicle is slightly more than 45 feet long, about eight feet wide and almost 12 feet high. It cost $750,000 and was paid for entirely by asset forfeiture funds, not taxpayer funds.
It is equipped with 15 computer work stations, eight radio systems, satellite television and a satellite uplink for communications in remote areas of the state.
Powered by a diesel engine, the vehicle gets an average of 11 miles per gallon and has a built-in generator to power electronics.
Eight ABC enforcement agents will be trained to drive the vehicle and eight to 10 will be trained to operate the on-board electronics.