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Iconic ACT police car reaches its final stop

ACT Policing’s last Holden Commodore in operation. Photo: Supplied.

AFTER 44 years of use in the ACT, the last Australian-made Holden Commodore police car in operation has been retired. 

The iconic make has been used by police officers in Canberra for more than four decades, but the last silver 2018 SSV Redline in operation has finally been retired, with a ceremony held yesterday (June 30) to commemorate the vehicle.

The car will now go on display at the Museum of Australian Policing in Acton when it opens.

Senior Constable Greg Harlovich was the primary driver of the Commodore. He said that he was lucky to have been allocated such a great Australian-made vehicle.

“I was genuinely sad to have to hand this car back, but I am pleased to know it will be around for others to view long after I finish my career,” he said.

Chief Police Officer Neil Gaughan, who drove a Holden Commodore in his first roles in ACT Policing, said the car held a special place in the hearts of many Australians and Australian police officers.

“It was a vehicle that could handle the harsh driving conditions of the country, from the straight highways of the Nullarbor to the winding roads of the Snowy Mountains,” he said.

“It was a vehicle built to handle Australia’s unique climate and road system.”

ACT Policing will also permanently retire the Tango-51 radio call sign allocated to the vehicle as a mark of respect for the last vehicle of its type and its long-time driver.

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