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Last Australian-build police Commodore goes on display

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Tasmania Police’s last Australian-built Holden Commodore will be displayed at the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania in Launceston, preserving an important part of our policing and car manufacturing history for future generations.

Tasmania’s police force has come a long way since the first mode of police transport – horseback initially and then motorcycles.

From 1924 to the 1940s, our police force owned just one car – an unreliable, chain-driven Talbot that spent much of its time being repaired.

Today, Tasmania Police's fleet consists of 374 leased vehicles, including 14 motorcycles and operational vehicles.

The 2016 Holden VF11 Commodore will be on loan at the museum in Launceston from today, preserving a piece of Tasmanian history.

The vehicle is also featured in Australia Post’s new stamp series, Holden Workhorses, which features five Tasmania Police Holden vehicles from 1955 to 2016, including:

  • 1955 FJ Holden Traffic patrol vehicle – complete with bonnet siren
  • 1960 FB Holden
  • 1979 HZ Holden Kingswood SL
  • 1981 VH Commodore
  • 2016 Holden VF11 Commodore

The 2016 Commodore was deployed to Western Road and Public Order Services in February 2016, operating out of Ulverstone in the Western District. It was one of 16 high visibility vehicles used throughout the state.