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.
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.
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.
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.