Police say new super-cars worth their hefty price tag

Sergeant Aaron Willox and First Class Constable Craig Cocking put one of the Midland station’s new SV6 Commodores through its paces. Picture: Robin Kornet d398055
Sergeant Aaron Willox and First Class Constable Craig Cocking put one of the Midland station’s new SV6 Commodores through its paces. Picture: Robin Kornet d398055

The highway patrol cars have computerised touch-screen equipment fitted and a custom-made dashboard.

Hot off the production line and with a stop at the police academy in Maylands, where they were given their fancy internal kit, the SV6 Commodores are expected to make the job of policing the area easier.

Senior Constable Jay Cruickshank said the cars had an internal computer system worth more than $70,000.

‘It is an additional tool which enables us to check a large amount of vehicles,’ he said.

There are both keyboards and touch-screen options, depending on which mainframe police computer system is being accessed from the car.

‘They will be especially useful at fires in information gathering and other emergency situations,’ Constable Cruickshank said.

‘If they prove to be useful at helping police tackle road trauma, there will be an argument that we should get more.’

Funded by the Road Trauma Trust Fund, the new vehicles will join 48 other similarly equipped police cars on WA’s roads.

The Midland branch took possession of their new vehicles last Thursday and they will be used for patrols over the Easter long weekend as part of Operation Crossroads, starting midnight Thursday.

The operation targets road safety, with officers patrolling across Perth and regional areas.

Drivers face double demerit points for speeding, drink-driving and other road offences.