The Northern Territory Road Policing Command is the third Australian police jurisdiction to employ the Kia Stinger on the front-line of its law enforcement fleet.
Following in the tread marks of the Queensland and Western Australian police forces, the Northern Territory will deploy seven V6 Stingers as the ageing Holden Commodore SS fleet is phased out.
Commander Matt Hollamby, from the Road Policing Command, said the Stinger was trialled in the NT and found to be a suitable replacement.
“Holdens and Fords have been standard road policing vehicles in the NT for the best part of 50 years but now that they are not manufactured, it’s time for us to look at an alternative,” he said.
“We needed a car capable of operating at reasonably high speeds in temperatures of 45 degrees in the shade without missing a beat. The Stinger showed itself to be that car.”
The new fleet of Stingers will also sport a redesigned decal as Commander Hollamby explained, “The aesthetic of our decals hasn’t changed much in the past 15 years and we thought now was a better time than any to update those as well.”
“Members in the Road Policing Command provided input into alternative options and selected the preferred design which was completed in-house. Territorians can expect to see the new police vehicles out on the road from today.”
The new Stingers will arrive just in time for the Road Policing Command’s Easter safety campaign which will focus on speed, alcohol, driver distraction and seat belt use with a special focus on rural roads.
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