Lt. Rick McIntyre recently invited Lt. Colonel Ken Howes and Captain Steve Williams to a cookout and tour of the Florida Highway Patrol’s Middleburg Central Installation Center (CIC) as assigned members there prepare to receive a new shipment of patrol vehicles. Shown in the above photo, L to R, are Lt. Colonel Howes, Errol Houck, Billy Wolfe, William Osteen, Senior Clerk Jami Akins, Louis Benedict, Lt. McIntyre, Trooper Jim Mason, Andy Fitzhugh, Bill Clark, Scott Young, and Captain Williams.
In the past, new Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) vehicles were delivered throughout the state to individual troops, where local radio technicians were responsible for installing radios, sirens, emergency lighting packages, shotgun racks, prisoner partitions, mobile data terminals, and other equipment. In March 2004, the FHP began a central installation process in the Jacksonville area, where all newly purchased FHP vehicles (approximately 400-500 per year) are delivered and installed in one central location. The purpose of creating one central installation facility was to ensure consistent and quality equipment installation for all FHP patrol vehicles, as well as a more timely delivery of new, fully-equipped patrol and other Division vehicles to the various troops.