Victoria Police’s new fleet of divisional vans will be on the streets from this month, with 280 vehicles to be rolled out for operational use across the state.
The new-look divisional van is based on the Ford Ranger vehicle, with the manufacturer endorsing a custom-made custody compartment – also known as rear pods – to be fitted on the back of the van.
The first batch of the purpose-built divisional vans will be on the road in both metro and country stations from late May, replacing the current model which has been a first responder vehicle for frontline officers since 2018.
Several improvements have been made to the fit-out of the vehicles to ensure the new fleet remained as safe a and practical as possible.
The vehicles have also undergone rigorous performance testing to ensure they meet operational and safety needs.
Additional features of the new divisional van fleet include a more refined and integrated fitment for police equipment, driver impairment monitor, constant video display in the rear-view mirror, and integrated controls in the dashboard for improved accessibility.
The rear pods are being manufactured locally by Centaur Products Australia in Kilsyth.
Quotes attributable to Acting Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing Command Deb Robertson
“Our frontline officers rely on divisional vans to provide the safest mode of transport for their duties, be durable and equipped for modern policing.”
“We were pleased to find a manufacturer that could make major enhancements and modifications to one of their vehicles to purpose-build them for our operational use and to also met our fleet safety policy.”
“We have now secured a long-term future for our iconic divisional vans and the community will see the new-look vehicles on the streets from next week.”