NEWS RELEASE: Sheriff Daron Hall Unveils Second Mobile Booking Unit
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SHERIFF DARON HALL UNVEILS SECOND MOBILE BOOKING UNIT
Decentralizing booking has allowed police officers to reduce time spent in booking from three hours to approximately 23 minutes on average –getting them back in neighborhoods quicker
Nashville, TENN. – Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall is scheduled to unveil the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) second Mobile Booking Unit (MBU) Thursday. The first unit hit the streets of Nashville two years ago and greatly reduced the time it takes for a Metro Police Officer to book an arrestee. About 2,000 individuals were booked by the MBU in 2013 and Hall believes numbers will only continue to increase.
“Police officers are eager to use the mobile unit because they have learned what a time saving tool it is,” Hall said. “It has always been my goal to develop ideas that assist in getting police back out in the community faster and this unit does just that.”
With a staff of six, the MBU can be set-up in as little as 10 minutes at any location. The vehicle is equipped with processing computers, portable fingerprinting machines, a mugshot system, and three secure cells that hold up to nine inmates. Additionally, it has a video system for the arrestee and the arresting officer to go before the night court commissioner – imitating the same process that currently occurs at the Criminal Justice Center (CJC). In the event of an emergency, the unit can also be used as a command post.
“Historically, once an officer made an arrest, it took three hours to book that arrestee. The mobile unit has that process down to about 23 minutes – making it much more efficient as well as having the officer back in the community where he or she belongs,” Hall said. “Recently, I met with a group of police officers and told them the new unit was would be deployed soon. That announcement was met with a round of applause from those officers.”
That sentiment also resonates with Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson who is overwhelmingly supportive of Hall’s goals as it relates to police response time and public safety.
“Sheriff Hall’s commitment to mobile booking significantly enhances the effectiveness of police officers by allowing them to stay close to the neighborhoods in which they are assigned instead of having to drive each prisoner to the Justice Center downtown,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “The sheriff’s deployment of a second mobile booking vehicle is great news for public safety in that simultaneous operations will benefit even more communities through reduced officer downtime.”
Just as the first unit, DCSO will coordinate use of the vehicle with the police department and plan for it to be used weekly and on a full-time basis in all areas of the county. It will be made available for large events, such as sports or entertainment venues, in hopes of deterring offenses such as public intoxication. The MBU is also effective at DUI checkpoints so those arrested can be processed immediately on scene and police officers are not pulled off assignment for long periods of time.
“For years now, I have focused on ways the sheriff’s office can assist in reducing the time an officer spends away from the community. We have taken over booking, hospital posts, service of criminal warrants for those incarcerated, and now we are again expanding the booking process to even further enhance public safety,” Hall said. “Nashville is a progressive city and I’m proud to say we are on the cutting edge of technology in an effort to make it safer.”
Once an individual is processed, they will be secured in one of the MBU holding cells. The DCSO Armed Services Division will transport arrestees downtown should the cells reach capacity. Upon entering the CJC, prisoners will be screened by medical; however, any immediate medical concern will be dealt with in the field through emergency procedures. Additionally, those who qualify will be interviewed by pre-trial release or have an opportunity to bond out.