TWO new all-terrain police vehicles have been rolled out on the Gold Coast.
The new ATVs – dubbed ‘The Mules’ – seat six officers and join the fleet of Rhino’s which seat two and are currently in use across the Coast.
The Gold Coast was the first to trial the unconventional “Rhino” all-terrain vehicles in 2009 to allow police versatility in patrolling the beach, foreshore and parklands across the city.
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Inspector Mick Stenner said the all-terrain vehicles have proven to be an invaluable asset to police on patrol.
“These ATVs provide a good tactical addition to our patrol capabilities,” Inspector Stenner said.
“The Mule seats six officers which increases our ability to deploy more police where needed, the seats also fold back so we can carry various types of equipment.
“The versatility of these vehicles is a tremendous asset to police.”
The ATVs are registered for use on roadways but are of most benefit patrolling pedestrian access ways, beaches, parklands, car parks, shopping centre perimeters and general public spaces especially during major events.
With the addition of the two Mules, the Gold Coast now has a total of seven ATVs in operation.