Ljubljana – The Slovenian police force got its first hybrid patrol vehicles on Tuesday which officials said will reduce noise pollution in settled areas and contribute to cleaner environment.
A total of 56 new vehicles were formally handed over to the police at a ceremony at the Tacen Police Academy compound by Interior Minister Aleš Hojs and Deputy Police Commissioner Danijel Žibret.
It comes after the force accepted four new vehicles on Friday which will be used by the highway police. Žibret said most of the new vehicles handed over today would be used in patrolling.
A press release from the Interior Ministry said the new fleet comprises 41 hybrid speciality patrol cars, ten hybrid speciality cars and five speciality patrol 4WDs.
By adding hybrid cars to what is one of the largest fleets of vehicles in the country, the ministry is sending out a positive signal to the general public in transition to e-mobility, said Minister Hojs.
Hojs added though that vehicles would be of no use without police officers, so a decision was made to double enrolment to the Police Academy from the current figure of up to 120.
Ten of the 56 new vehicles are on lease and the rest have been bought. They will be distributed among all eight police departments in the country.
According to Žibret, the police force’s equipment has been continuously modernised over the past four years, which includes investment in its extensive fleet of vehicles.
In early November the fleet numbered over 2,600 vehicles, 87% of which were owned and 13% leased. The vehicles were 6.8 years old on average.