New divi vans set to hit our streets

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

PO­LICE across Cam­paspe will soon be get­ting around in new divi­sional vans.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice are rolling out the first batch of the new pur­pose-built divi­sional vans, which are ex­pected to hit our streets in com­ing months.

Cam­paspe po­lice In­spec­tor Ge­off Owen said all divi­sional vans in the shire would even­tu­ally switch to the new style when ex­ist­ing ve­hi­cles reached their changeover mileage.

The new divi­sional vans are based on the Holden Colorado and will pro­vide front­line mem­bers with im­proved ground clear­ance and a better van­tage point when they’re pa­trolling the streets.

‘‘These ve­hi­cles are fit­ted out for our spe­cific polic­ing needs with stor­age of equip­ment and pris­oner se­cu­rity and safety a pri­or­ity,’’ Insp Owen said.

‘‘The ex­tra ground clear­ance will pro­vide greater ac­cess to off bi­tu­men ter­rain where the cur­rent divi­sional vans are limited in travers­ing.

‘‘The divi­sional van is the work horse ve­hi­cle of Vic­to­ria Po­lice and is the one im­age that is front and cen­tre when the pub­lic call for po­lice as­sis­tance.’’

Other fea­tures of the fleet in­clude more stor­age in the cabin, an ex­tra cam­era in the cus­tody com­part­ment pro­vid­ing 360-de­gree mon­i­tor­ing and record­ing of peo­ple in cus­tody, air­con­di­tion­ing built into the cus­tody com­part­ment, new gen­er­a­tion LED light bars to re­duce power con­sump­tion and an im­proved dig­i­tal siren sys­tem, which is louder and can be op­er­ated via the ve­hi­cle’s horn.

The new vans will use the cus­tody com­part­ments – also known as rear pods – of the ex­ist­ing fleet, which will grad­u­ally be re­fur­bished and con­verted by a man­u­fac­turer in Kilsyth to fit the new cab­ins.

The ve­hi­cles have a max­i­mum fives­tar Aus­tralasian New Car Assess­ment Pro­gram rat­ing, with safety fea­tures in­clud­ing airbags, sta­bil­ity con­trol and ABS brakes.

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