Crime Scene Investigators are using fully electric vehicles to attend incidents across the county.
West Yorkshire Police has joined forces with Peugeot to assess two ‘Partner EV’ electric vans over the period of a year.
Fleet Manager, Keith Hidle says it will help to examine their future potential:
“Although we have previously tested similar vehicles in the past, this is the first time we have used a fully electric vehicle for this duration.
“The world of Crime Scene Investigation really lends itself to the capabilities of these vans, which is why we have entered into this joint partnership with Peugeot.
“Peugeot have provided the vans, charging facility and associated equipment for free, as the data will benefit both West Yorkshire Police and the manufacturer
“The electric vans have also been converted by our own Vehicle Preparation Unit to meet all the necessary specifications for Crime Scene Investigation
“What it does, is allows the Force to assess the future suitability of electric vehicles in modern police scenarios and consider whether they can be utilised in any other area of the organisation.
“As policing nationally continues to transform and with savings still required, it is crucial that we stay ahead of the game and look for possible new solutions.
“By testing more of these vehicles within our fleet and examining their performance, it will help us to identify where further savings could potentially be made.
“In addition, it supports our ‘green’ commitment to reducing the effect on the environment and reducing emissions.
"At this stage, we do not have any plans to purchase electric vehicles, but when the right time arrives, we will be in a strong position to progress ahead.”
Head of Scientific Support Services, John Gilbody said they are proving to be a viable concept:
“It is important that we have the right type of vehicle to be able to respond to crime scenes quickly and with the necessary equipment.
“We are dedicated to providing the best possible service to victims and witnesses through our crime scene investigations and the vehicles have all the attributes required to provide that resource.
“As we do not respond to emergencies or travel long distances over extended periods, they are a great option that suits our needs.”