North Brisbane Police Unit Receives First Fuel Cell Propelled Vehicle in Southern Hemisphere

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A special unit of the Queensland Police Service in North Brisbane has received the very first fuel cell propelled police vehicle in the southern hemisphere.

The car, a Nexo Hyundai, is the 14th electric vehicle for QPS and will service the North Brisbane Domestic and Family Violence Vulnerable Persons Unit, under the Domestic and Family Violence Vulnerable Command, which was established in March 2021. 

Deputy Commissioner Doug Smith said that the hydrogen-powered police vehicle will be a “valuable resource for this important unit” and it’s also a good example of improving QPS “modern policing service.”  

“This vehicle will be trialled for a period before evaluation, providing a valuable resource to this important unit,” Deputy Commissioner Smith said. .

Photo Credit: QPS 

“Joining our diverse fleet of existing modes of transport, we look forward to further opportunities to ensure our service is future-fit,” he added.

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Meanwhile, Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carrol formed the Domestic and Family Violence Vulnerable Command to respond, prevent and investigate cases of domestic and family violence. The roles of this special unit include handling cases covering: 

  • Disability
  • Domestic and Family Violence
  • Elder Abuse
  • High Risk Teams
  • Mental Health
  • Police Referrals
  • Victims Assist Queensland (Police Liaison)
  • White Ribbon
  • Women’s Safety & Justice Taskforce

It comes as a case involving a Wavell Heights mum, who rammed her car onto her husband and his alleged mistress on Bagot Street, grabbed the headlines in early 2021. The husband and the woman with him suffered fractures and a dislocated finger. 

The defence said that their client had no records with the police and that she thought she was in a stable marriage for nine years. The woman involved was granted bail and she moved to Sunshine Coast, where her parents live. The court has ordered her not to contact her husband or the other woman, whilst the hearing was ongoing.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence, report it to police via triple zero (000)or the Policelink via 131 444 (24 hours, 7 days a week).