The Whittier Police Department played an important role in the development and production of four regional mobile command centers in 2006. Using a federal grant for interoperability, each disaster preparedness area in Los Angeles County received a state of the art mobile command post to be shared by the various law enforcement agencies within the designated area.
The mobile command post contains a sophisticated communications system that allows the bridging of various radio frequencies into on operational channel. This important equipment enables cooperative communications between agencies that have different radios and frequencies. In the event of a major emergency, command and control can be established in a field location and all emergency agencies responding could be placed on one channel for communications.
The Whittier Police Department houses and maintains the AREA-E command post. A highly trained team of officers operate and deploy the command post and the on-board communications equipment.