Victoria Police have announced plans to use five custom built Hummer H3s in a new operation to tackle the weekend violence in Melbourne's CBD.
General Motors' Hummer brand will be loaning the five vehicles to Victoria police with media reports suggesting the cars will be ready within five weeks.
The concept is for the Police force to stand out and have a stronger felt presence on city streets. The idea has already been in the works for some time, however the announcement follows yet another weekend filled with violence that left a 24-year-old man dead and another seriously injured.
"The idea of going to the Hummers is that it's about trying to measure visible impact so we've got to try to introduce something which might look different to our current fleet of vehicles. We want to be visibly seen and we want to make sure the police out on the streets are recognisable and that we do reassure the public that we're there." Asst Commissioner Gary Jamieson said
Will the use of more "stand-out" vehicles such as the Hummer have any noticeable impact on the alcohol problem in Melbourne?