New High-Tech Prisoner Transport Vehicles On The Road
The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled new custom-built vehicles specifically designed to transport the state’s highest security prisoners safely and securely.
The two new vehicles will allow Corrections Victoria’s elite Security and Emergency Services Group to transport dangerous high-risk prisoners to court or between other prisons.
The vehicles are fitted with ballistic armour and a touch-screen system enabling SESG officers to control all aspects of the vehicle, including locking mechanisms and CCTV cameras.
The new design allows for up to four prisoners to be transported in the vehicle at any time, with internal cell doors ensuring inmates can be separated if needed.
Volvo designed and manufactured the vehicles in Australia, using specifications provided by Corrections Victoria to meet its unique needs.
The SESG delivers a range of specialist services across all of Victoria’s prisons, such as incident response, high-security escorts, barrier control and staff training.
The group is also responsible for Corrections Victoria’s canine team, which comprises both the Passive Alert Detection dogs that sniff out drugs and the multi-purpose dogs that help maintain prison security.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Corrections Ben Carroll
“Our Security and Emergency Services Group officers are central to ensuring Victoria’s prisons remain safe and secure, so it’s vital they have access to the best-available technology.”
“As our prison system grows, we’re making sure officers have the latest equipment they need to safely manage the corrections system to help keep the community safe.”
Quotes attributable to Corrections Victoria Assistant Commissioner Melissa Westin
“These new high-security vehicles are custom-built for the SESG’s needs and will enable us to safely transport some of the state’s most dangerous prisoners.”
“These new vehicles include the latest technology, making sure they’re fit-for-purpose to get the job done, while keeping our SESG officers safe.”