House subcommittee approves $400K for SMPD

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U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) announced this week that a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee has approved his request to establish a mobile, state-of-the-art regional tactical operations command center for the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD).

The appropriation for $400,000 still has to complete the legislative process.

The unit would allow officers to respond on the scene of critical situations in Hays, Caldwell, and some other nearby Central Texas counties. The command center will free normal dispatch personnel to continue important work on the normal incoming emergencies while these larger and long-term emergencies are coordinated from the mobile command center.

During the Pike House fire in 2007, four different fire departments and two police departments worked together, but lacked a central command post. This new mobile command center will serve as a location to make decisions and coordinate the actions of different departments working together.

“What’s happening in San Marcos is an important part of what has made Hays County the 15th fastest growing county in the nation,” Doggett said. “It’s not only the beautiful natural environment, but the security that families share. This federal support for local law enforcement is a part of enhancing that security.”

Said SMPD Chief Howard Williams, “These vital funds will allow first responders, not just in San Marcos but across the region, to have at their fingertips the kind of mobile command center they need to keep in communication and keep families safe during critical situations like the 2007 Pike House fire.  This is an important piece of the ongoing equation of how the department can continue to evolve to meet challenges.”