Hummer cops free boost
SO, THE police are going to use Hummers for a lawenforcement crackdown in Melbourne. It sounds terrific. Sorta 21st century Wild West, except that the sheriff uses a Hummer instead of a horse and six-gun.
The Hummer force has received a lot of positive reaction, and we are strongly in favour of the police plan, but some things are not as impressive as they might first look.
For a start, the Hummers in police colours are not the same as the ones used by the American military in war zones across the world. The nightly news has run endless footage of battleequipped Humvees (the military name for the Hummer) in its reporting of the police move, but it’s a different device.
The military vehicle is the Hummer H1 and the police will be using the H3, a much different, and much smaller vehicle.
From our experience, the Hummer H3 will have some serious shortcomings for police work. It is small, not particularly fast, and its only real link to the Iraq action machine is the name and grille.
We also have to question the winch on the front bumper. . .
Still, the Hummer plan is a great public relations strategy for the police and for GM Premium Brands, the Australian agent for Hummer, Cadillac and Saab.
There is no way to buy the sort of publicity the law-enforcement Hummers have snared. But a Hummer in police uniform reminds us more of product placement in a movie than a genuine enforcement plan.
New force: Victoria Police plans to patrol Melbourne’s streets in Hummers.