Humberside Police has recently taken delivery of two Volvo V70 XC (Cross Country) all-wheel drive estates to carry out a range of duties across the force’s 1356 square mile region. One minute the Volvos could be attending a road traffic accident in the Lincolnshire countryside and the next responding to a call in the centre of Hull.
Humberside Police already operates 42 Volvo V70 T5 estates and decided to add the Volvo V70 XC to its fleet in order to benefit from the model’s four-wheel drive capabilities. The all-wheel drive technology and Volvo’s TRACS anti-spin system automatically transfer power from spinning wheels to any offering grip so ensuring smooth progress on loose or slippery surfaces.
‘Our officers have a large area of countryside to patrol in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire which can often throw up some very severe weather conditions, which is why we opted for the four-wheel drive Cross Country models,’ explained Humberside Police fleet and supplies manager Alan Hocking.
‘The driver benefits from additional traction in poor weather, combined with the inherent safety features of the Volvo, enabling us to attend incidents quickly and safely even in the middle of winter,’ he added.
Each Volvo V70 XC carries the standard traffic police supplies such as cones and sandbags, and will be leased to Humberside for either three years or 200,000 miles.
Humberside Police runs one of the biggest LPG fleets (280 cars) in the UK and is soon to begin a trial with the Volvo V70 Bi-Fuel model.
Volvo has supplied police cars for the past seven years. In 2001 Volvo sold 464 police vehicles in the UK.Published 13 June 2002