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Back Vehicle News Isuzu D-MAX for Queensland Police ‘Prisoner Pod’ Squad
18 Nov 2010

D-MAX for Queensland Police ‘Prisoner Pod’ Squad

Queensland Police have taken delivery of their first seven Isuzu D-MAX crew cabs and are kitting them out for various special applications. The supply contract is the first for Isuzu Ute Australia with any police department and comprises five LS-M 4x4s and two LS 4x2s, all automatic.

Two D-MAXs have already been fitted out with ‘prisoner pods’ and another two will be similarly kitted. These vehicles will be used exclusively for offender transport and are equipped with an auxiliary air-conditioner to service the pod.

Strong, lag-free torque delivery from low and medium speeds, its stable wide-track handling and its lower centre of gravity with high-ride suspension lend D-MAX LS variants particularly well to this role.

Unique

Queensland Police is unique among Australian state and territory police forces in that it buys its own vehicles and maintains its own vehicle engineering works. This differs from the other area commands which contract these functions out to vehicle leasing operators and their subcontractors.

As such, Queensland Police often sets design and engineering benchmarks for many specialized vehicle modifications and adaptations required for various types of police work, some of which are adopted interstate.

Isuzu Ute Australia managing director Hitoshi Kono said he was particularly pleased with the relationship established with Queensland Police and appreciated working with their engineering experts to optimise D-MAX for their various police work roles.

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