25 September 2023

Police cars get decal makeover

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ACT Policing has unveiled its new general duties patrol cars, now to be seen on Canberra streets.

Police Superintendent Jason Kennedy said that after an extensive process which saw many vehicle makes and models assessed under guidelines issued by the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency, the Subaru Liberty was the chosen car for Canberra.

“To complement the introduction of a new type of police vehicle, ACT Policing has chosen new police decal markings for the fleet,” Supt Kennedy said.

“These cars have a new decal design which will make our vehicles more readily distinguishable as police vehicles.”

He said the decal design was more consistent with police vehicles in other jurisdictions, which would help both Canberra locals and visitors to the ACT recognise them more quickly.

“The traditional checkered pattern that people associate with police vehicles, combined with high-visibility yellow stripes and new red and blue coloured light bars on the roof, make them more conspicuous,” Supt Kennedy said.

“They certainly stand out, whether in traffic or stopped on the roadside.”

The new cars come shortly after the introduction of the three-camera Automatic Number Plate Recognition system which enables officers to identify and process plates on vehicles in front, beside, behind and approaching the traffic vehicle from the opposite direction.

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