The majority of the fleet will be composed of two-door 4x2 Colorados, configured to a unique VicPol specification that includes raised ground clearance to allow a better vantage point for officers.
Up front the police vans will be equipped with six airbags in the passenger compartment, while at the rear the Police equipment will extend to a custom-designed rear pod capable of carrying two people, equipped with 360 degree monitoring and recording of persons in custody.
The custody compartments are based on the design of those used on the existing Holden Commodore Ute fleet, with a refurbishment program in place to adapt them to the new carrier vehicles.
Along with the 250 general purpose divvy vans a further 40 4x4 four-door units equipped with bull bars and winches will be supplied to meet the needs of regional police services.
Both version will be powered by the Colorado’s 147kW/500Nm 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine and six-speed automatic transmission.
“This announcement continues Holden’s long association with Victoria Police, which began over 70 years ago and we are honoured to be able to continue this partnership,” Holden executive director of Sales, Michael Filazzola, said.
“We’re excited to see the new ‘divvy vans’ out on the road and we’re sure Victorian police officers will enjoy driving them.”
The Colorado vans will roll out from February 2018 with the 4x4 versions expected to enter service from the middle of 2018.
“Victoria Police has been well served by the current fleet which was rolled out in 2009 but we are looking forward to seeing these new vehicles with additional features hit the streets.” Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner, Stephen Leane, said.
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