ZERO TO 100 in 4.9 SECONDS: Senior Constable Jade Miller from Kingaroy Road Policing Unit with the latest police performance vehicle.
ZERO TO 100 in 4.9 SECONDS: Senior Constable Jade Miller from Kingaroy Road Policing Unit with the latest police performance vehicle. Matt Collins

One step ahead: New technology in police cars

IF YOU had any plans of out-running the police any time soon, new police vehicles with the latest technology suggests it wouldn't be a good idea.

Jade Miller is a police officer with the Kingaroy road policing unit and he only had positive things to say about the latest Kia police vehicle.

"It goes from zero to 100 in 4.9 seconds,” he said.

"It's a good replacement for the Holdens and Fords.”

The new Kia vehicle was a popular feature at the weekend's Wondai Street Sprints,

Cnst Miller said he always gets the same questions whenever he attends these big events.

"They'll ask what are the top speeds I have gotten up to,” he said.

"I am a bit more sensible than that.”

Besides the obvious torque and power, the new police vehicles have another new feature which is proving very handy in their fight against crime.

Police vehicles are fitted with an ANPR unit.

Short for automatic number plate recognition, the units are mounted to the top of the vehicle.

It allows police to find out crucial information about the vehicle and who it is registered to before they even get out of the driver's seat.

"They read number plates on parked and moving vehicles,” Cnst Miller said.

"They check things like registration, and people's licenses and whether they are wanted or not.”

In the past, Kia hasn't been known for high performance vehicles, but Cnst Miller, who has been a police officer for 20 years, was impressed.

"It's on a par with the XR6 Turbo (Ford),” he said.

"It's quite stable in the wet. It's actually quite a very good car.”