Officers will soon be patrolling in ‘extreme high-visibility’ police vehicles as part of measures to take highly visible policing to the next level in Queensland communities.
The new patrol car design will be used as part of Operation Victor Unison which commenced in March, targeting youth crime and enhancing public safety through highly visible crime hotspot patrols and community engagement.
Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the very nature of operational policing means officers are constantly on the move.
“The community love to see our police out on patrol, keeping our community safe and with this new high-vis design, they won’t miss us,” Commissioner Carroll said.
“I also think our new PLO vehicles which will be rolled out in all districts across the state will be well received by the local communities, particularly with the First Nations artwork prominently featured.”
While unveiling the new police designs on the Toyota Camrys in Cairns, the Queensland Police Service (QPS) also announced the rollout of 45 MG HS electric vehicles to be used by Police Liaison Officers (PLOs) across the state.
The marked hybrid vehicles will feature the QPS logo along with First Nations artwork developed in consultation with First Nations artists.
The MG electric vehicles are an Australian policing-first after the QPS undertook a series of independent tests and evaluations to ensure the vehicles are suitable for police liaison duties.
They will complement the QPS existing fleet of electric vehicles, including the use of Toyota Camry, RAV4 and Kluger hybrids, and further planned implementation of Mitsubishi and Kia hybrid models.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said the QPS is taking its extreme high visibility patrols to the next level with these striking patrol vehicle designs.
“Once again, the Queensland Police is leading the way in greening its fleet with hybrid electric vehicles,” Minister Ryan said.
“We know this is the way of the future and I commend the QPS for ensuring its huge vehicle fleet is high-tech and sustainable.”