IN A world-first, Kingaroy Police were handed the keys to a head-turning new set of wheels.

Police Minister Mark Ryan handed over the marked Kia Stinger on February 6 to assist the Dalby-Burnett Road Policing Unit with crime prevention.

"Our officers say they are the bee's knees, not only are they safe, but they are fast, they are responsive and they tick all of the boxes when it comes to an operational police car," he said.

The Stinger is the first time in the world Kia has provided an operational police car to a policing agency.

"Queensland policing services are leading the way globally by using these cars," Mr Ryan said.

He said the vehicle was not just fitted with all the necessary safety features.

"It's also got that head-turn appeal," he said.

"When it comes to being out and about on our roads, we want people to see our police cars so that they think about their actions on the road and they be aware of the presence of the police."


The Stinger has recently been getting rave reviews around the world and was on display in places like the LA Motor Show.

After the closure of Holden, Ford and domestic car production in Australia, the Queensland Police Service did a very thorough analysis of their options.

"The Kia Stinger came out on top," he said.

"We're very proud of these cars and they are going to make a big difference to the work our police do."