I had recently made an inquiry about a purchase of a large vehicle by the
Framingham police. The 2012 Annual report describes it as:
In 2012, FrEMA took delivery of a brand new mobile command post, this vehicle is outfitted with the latest technology for crime scenes, natural disasters and planned events.
The vehicle has a conference room, 3 dispatch areas, hard wired telephones, weather station, 40 foot boom with camera and specialized scene lighting. The vehicle is operated by a nine member emergency management strike team.
I made my request to:
The albatross averages about 150 miles a year.
Purchased for $285,000 in June, 2012, this big albatross was sold on July 25, 2016, to another sucker for $200,000. I'm guessing the odometer wasn't even close to one thousand miles.
In 2011, Framingham received $285,913 in civil forfeiture monies and $862,163 in 2012. Does anyone think that there is any incentive to end the War On Drugs when you can easily buy some big useless shiny new toys like this every year. Does one kill the goose that lays the golden eggs?
I suspect that in another year or two, the police department will announce the purchase of a heliocolopter.
The most recent assessed value of my property in Framingham was $ 276,900.
It is amusing that this useless albatross needs to be in a secure facilty, safely tucked away from the marauding masses in downtown Framingham. One might suspect that it has a weapons stash on board to handle emergencies.
The nine member emergency strike team first has to drive to A St to get to it, hope that that someone remembered to bring the keys, before they can actually STRIKE!
Each year, we will have to pay the insurance bill on the albatross.
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