Frontline Police Supported With New Divisional Vans

Frontline Police Supported With New Divisional Vans

Victoria Minister for Police Lisa Neville

New Divvy Vans To Support Growing Frontline Police

Victor P Taffa

Frontline Police officers will be safer and more secure as a fleet of 290 new vehicles are rolled-out over the next 2 years across the state.

Minister for Police Lisa Neville examined the first new divisional van which will hit the road in Melbourne’s west from February to support the biggest ever investment in frontline Police members coming online.

“New divisional vans will ensure our Police officers are kept safe on the road while they’re patrolling and protecting the Victorian community.” Minister for Police Lisa Neville said.

“Expect to see bigger and more secure divisional vans hit the streets set to support the hundreds of new Police being rolled-out across the state.”

Almost 240 new Police will be deployed across the North-West Metro region in the coming months to Wyndham, Maribyrnong, Whittlesea and Melton as part of the first 300 of the Andrews Government’s 3,135 new Police.

New fleet of the divisional vans includes 250 two-door vans which will provide frontline Police officers with improved ground clearance and a better vantage point when they are patrolling the streets.

New vehicles will also have added storage for equipment and additional security features including a 360º camera in the custody compartment.

Existing security and safety features will also be carried over into the new vehicle including video monitoring and recording of detainees and 2-way communication with detainees in the rear pod.

An additional 40 four-wheel drive vans, fitted with winches and bull bars, will be deployed to regional areas from mid-2018 to provide off-road driving capability.

Rigorous performance, handling and testing has been carried out and the vehicles have a maximum 5-star Australasian New Car Assessment Program rating, with safety features including airbags, stability control and ABS brakes.

State government is delivering a $2 Billion suite of measures through the historic Community Safety Statement to ensure Victoria Police has everything it needs to protect the Victorian community.

Last year 772 Police recruits graduated from the Victoria Police Academy and it continues to run at capacity to deliver the government’s 3,135 new Police over 5 years, on top of attrition.