The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) is reported to be the recipient of a 1,200 new patrol car consignment due to be handed in stages from the end of 2015.
As reported by Bernama, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the new vehicles will consist of Proton Inspiras and would go on to replace those patrol cars that are considered past their prime – over eight years and above.
"The new patrol cars will have a new image. The stripe will be slightly changed and we will use a green reflector. The cars will be fitted with additional equipment and new technology," he told reporters after attending a handing over of duties ceremony at Bukit Aman.
In addition to the new vehicles in and of themselves, Tan Sri Khalid said they would be outfitted with the C4i system which provides a direction, control, communication, coordination and information network as well as Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
"To date, only a small number of cars are using the C4i system, we only conduct tests on several cars," he said.
It is not clear just how many older patrol cars will be left on duty by the end of the transition to the newer Proton Inspira. Not known either is how the police intends to properly dispose of that many past-its-prime cars but are still functional nonetheless.
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