The Holden Colorado has been called up to be the new police divisional van for Victoria Police. Holden will supply 290 Colorado’s to be used as their replacement for the current Holden Commodore ‘divvy van’.
More often referred to as a ‘Paddy Wagon’ in New South Wales and Queensland, the new vans will be rolled out with 250 being two-door 4X2 Colorados used in the metropolitan area, an additional 40 will be based on the 4X4 four-door platform for country areas.
The 4X4 version will also be equipped with a bull-bar, spotlights, light bar and winch for use off-road. Alternatively, the 4X2 version will have greater ground clearance “to improve visibility and create a better vantage point for police whilst patrolling the streets”.
Both will include a custom designed and built rear pod, which features a secure two-person transport module with a built in 360-degree-view camera. The new rear pods will also feature air conditioning for the comfort of the persons being transported in the back – which has been on the cards for the new police divisional van especially considering the recent spate of heatwaves throughout Victoria over the past few years.
“Holden’s Australian engineers have worked collaboratively with Victorian Police to create a vehicle that is not only designed specifically for Australian conditions but is the safest vehicle possible to protect their front-line members,” said Michael Filazzola, executive director of sales.
“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.
After the retirement of the Holden Commodore, the Colorado appears to have been the logical next choice for the new police divisional van, especially with the 4X4 capability without having to change anything between models.