2010 Holden Commodore Ute-Based Divvy Van Launched By Victoria Police And Holden

Mike Stevens | Sep 16, 2009

BASED ON THE 2010 Holden Commodore VE Omega Ute, Victoria Police and Holden have today launched the force's new divisional van, scheduled to hit the road from November.

With 200 'divvy' vans to join the police force's fleet, the purpose-built cars will eventually supersede all 160 of Victoria's existing vans, adding an additional 40 cars to the fleet.

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Designed and built by Holden and Bellmont Composites, the new divisional vans benefit from the Ute's recent six airbag upgrade and 5-Star ANCAP safety rating.

Other features include increased storage space for operational equipment, video monitoring and recording of detainees, two-way communication between the front cabin and the rear pod, and a dash display that switches from rear pod monitoring to rear-view camera when reversing.

The new divvy van has been given a VICPOL Silver functional classification, which defines it as suitable for use as a first response vehicle - a classification only the Commodore SS and SV6 in the Holden police car range can better.

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Deputy Commissioner for Road Policing Ken Lay said the new divisional van will be easier to drive and manoeuvre.

“A working group of members from across the state came up with a list of specifications they wanted in a divisional van,” he said.

“The team at our Transport Branch have worked hard in the past year to put as many of these features in the final build.”

“The divisional van is the hardest working vehicle in our fleet. It is the heart and soul of road policing, so it has to meet the needs of members and I’m confident this is our best ever build,” Mr Lay said.

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Holden’s Chairman and Managing Director Alan Batey said the carmaker worked closely with Victoria Police and Bellmont to design, develop, test and build what he described as a state-of-the-art workhorse.

"With six airbags and a range of driver aids including Electronic Stability Program it is exceptionally safe. Coupled with a purpose-designed policing pod, it is a winning combination.

"Our model year 10 Ute is the first light commercial vehicle in Australia to offer six airbags as standard across the range and we're delighted these advances will help improve the safety of police officers as they carry out their duties.”

The new divisional van will be on display at the Victoria Police stand in the Grand Pavilion at the Royal Melbourne Show, which runs from September 17 to 27.

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  • Dave says,
    5 years ago
    So general public aren't allowed to have screens up in their vehicles or gauges mounted on the dash but Police get to have an array of instruments and a massive monitor...

    Pot calling the kettle black if you ask me!
    • You're dumb says,
      12 months ago
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      Dave - your comment is so simplistic and plain dumb! "Police get to have an array of instruments and a massive monitor". Are you serious? This is equipment necessary for police, whose duty it is to help protect the likes of your a#se, to carry out their operational duties and to best serve the community they work for. People aren't allowed to have capsicum spray or batons or the police issued semi-automatic... I guess it's unfair and wrong police carry these too? Honestly, pull your head in
  • Tony D says,
    5 years ago
    Ok, I've never been inside one of these things, so I'm curious. Do people who get locked up in the drunk tank get secured (eg seatbelts/restraints)? Or do they just thrown around and, you know, die if there's a crash?
  • Casper says,
    5 years ago
    2 likes
    Dave, the general public are allowed various forms of objects etc such as GPS' without an issue provided they don't block the drivers view. The condition about screens relates to DVD players etc which arent allowed to operate in view of the driver while the vehicle is in motion. The only screen here which could possibly be an issue under that is the larger one in the centre, which for operational purposes needs to be able to rotate slightly to face the driver. This is only a database computer and in no way shows anything interesting! You'll probably be thankful for one day for the 'array of instruments' when they help save your life...

    Tony, the older models of Police cages were fitted with seatbelts, but in true style a few people ruined that by constantly trying to hang themselves with them. These days the pods are required to have no point a person may secure any object which may be used to hang themselves. Depending on risk, people can then lose any objects on them for the same reason, including belts and shoelaces. Guidelines in I think all Australian states dictate that while transporting someone the vehicle is not allowed to conduct Urgent Duty Driving, and as such the chance of a collision is lower than that of someone hanging themselves.
  • Morris says,
    5 years ago
    If a person ends up in the back of that then no biggy if they get thrown around a bit.
  • UnKnown says,
    5 years ago
    Nothing stopping a Constable from driving like an ass. I've seen it countless of times.
  • 415Tango says,
    4 years ago
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    Dave, like Casper said, you won't be whining and complaining when the police have to come and save your life. Without the MDT (or "massive monitor"), it takes a much longer time for Police units to receive jobs, and therefore having it makes a significant difference to their abilities to save lives. The other instruments on the dash are a speed radar with a 3 screen display of current speed and target's speed, a reversing camera monitor for use only while reversing, and a couple of external speakers for their radio to ensure they hear VKC correctly. Big deal mate.

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