Dealer Spotlight: Mobile Command Center Installations

Dealer Spotlight: Matt Stehno, Owner of SVCI (Specialty Vehicle Concepts, Inc.)

When you think of custodial interviews, you probably think of taken place in a fixed location. You bring your suspect or witness back to the station where you ask your questions and record their responses. But what if you could bring your interview room with you? How would a mobile solution transform your interview process?
To give you a little insight into this unique solution, we spoke with Matt Stehno, a CaseCracker vendor, who offers custom vehicle up-fitting for law enforcement. 

An “after” interior shot of the interview area.

An “after” interior shot of the interview area.

How did you first get into this sector of law enforcement?     

We’ve been in the business of up-fitting specialty vehicles and building overt/covert surveillance equipment for law enforcement agencies for almost 20 years. Prior to starting SVCI back in 2005, I used to work for another company that did vehicle up-fits for law enforcement applications.   

What kinds of situations do your clients use these mobile solutions for? 

Requests for interview rooms are typically called for when we build out “Mobile Forensic Labs,” primarily used for investigating child sex crimes and human trafficking cases. Of course, we utilize the CaseCracker Onyx Interview Room Management Solution for these projects.

Installing an interview room setup in a command vehicle must have some unique requirements. Can you tell us a little bit about those challenges?  

Noise from rooftop-mounted RV-style air conditioners has always presented a challenge. We always recommend pre-climatization of the vehicle, specifically the interview room, prior to a planned interview if possible, and then turning off the rooftop-mounted AC unit within the interview room for the duration of the interview. We commonly have an air circulation system that moves cooler air from the forward operations room (where the rooftop air conditioners are still running) to the rear interview room when the sliding bulkhead door is closed, separating the rear interview room from the front operations space. Additionally, we use low-noise 12VDC air circulation fans mounted under the overhead cabinets to assist in air circulation within the interview room.

An “after” interior shot featuring the CaseCracker system.

An “after” interior shot featuring the CaseCracker system.

Is each vehicle completely customizable or do you have pre-designed solutions for customers to choose from? 

Each vehicle is typically custom-built but with some commonalities on comparable platforms.  Essentially, every customer wants something different, and we cater to those interests.

Do you outfit vehicles just for the Utah area or do your vehicles end up in other parts of the US?  If so, how do you manage that transport?   

While most of our vehicle upfit projects are regional to our Utah home-base, we do have vehicles as far away as Florida, Ohio, and soon Pennsylvania once we complete our current Mobile Forensic Lab vehicle that includes a CaseCracker Onyx Lite 1 Room Interview Room Management System. Vehicles are then either driven by the end customer to their location or we help secure transportation services as needed.

What makes CaseCracker your solution of choice?  

We like using the CaseCracker solution(s) due to product reliability, simplicity of use, and customer support. 

I am cautious about the products that we sell and won’t put the SVCI name on anything that I don’t feel is a reputable end-product. We’ve been a CaseCracker Integrator selling CaseCracker products for about 14 years and I feel that we have a great partnership together in this industry!

Here at Cardinal Peak Technologies, we’ve had the privilege to tour Matt’s shop in Utah, and he’s generously shared some photos of their latest project featuring a CaseCracker Onyx system.