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Federal Police explain their BMWs

By johnboy 6 August 2013 26

The AFP have felt moved to explain the BMW’s in Kevin Rudd’s entourage as he harrangues the rest of Government at all levels to buy Australian cars that aren’t good enough on their own merits:

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) would like to clarify media reporting in relation to the inclusion of BMW vehicles in the AFP’s dignitary protection fleet.

The AFP has a fleet of vehicles used for dignitary protection which includes both Ford Territory and BMW vehicles. The AFP requires a proportion of dignitary protection fleet to be armoured.

After an extensive selection and tender process, as part of the long term plan to upgrade the AFP dignitary Protection fleet, 5 BMW xDrive 50i armoured security vehicles were purchased in October 2010.

To convert an Australian manufactured vehicle to armoured requires significant customisation at a considerably greater cost than purchasing purpose built vehicles such as the BMW X5 xDrive 50i.

The AFP is confident the BMW armoured security vehicle is the most suited vehicle to fulfill the AFP’s operational responsibilities in protecting both Australian and foreign dignitaries.

Just as every other non-Australian built car in use elsewhere by Government was judged superior on price, features, or performance.

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PBO 8:15 am 07 Aug 13

Pork Hunt said :

PBO said :

dungfungus said :

Mark of Sydney said :

Wow, the specs on the BMW include ‘glass laminate approximately three centimetres thick to protect occupants against attack with automatic weapons such as the AK-47’.

I have no problem with the AFP buying these in preference to an expensively modified locally made vehicle but why is it that the plods get this level of protection while poor Kev (or Tony) has to ride in front in a tarted up Holden or whatever it is?

Silly police; AK-47s are banned so why go to the trouble? This is Australia and we don’t have all those type of problems that need cars to be armoured, do we?

Because you have never seen an AK-47 within our country therefore there are none here?

What a silly, silly, silly way of thinking.

You can still legally buy a .55 calibre Boys Anti Tank rifle (which makes an AK look flaccid) if you know where.

While automatic weapons have been illegal for private ownership in Australia since the 1920’s, it does not mean that there are none out there and to have that line of thought is ignorant.

PBO, please look up the word “sarcasm” in the dictionary and learn to recognize when it’s being used…

Touche’ and sorry, my bad for being unnecessarily rude. I had way too serious a day yesterday. I had to go sit next to a fat lady on a bus and start rolling my eyes and giggling profusly just to give the day a humorous twist.

farnarkler 6:10 pm 06 Aug 13

Uh oh Clarkson won’t be happy. He’d say the gov’t should’ve bought armoured Range Rovers.

gazket 4:45 pm 06 Aug 13

doesn’t the Prime Minister ride in a Statesman or Fairlane. I don’t think it’s bullet proof.
Why is only the The BMW’s bullet proof and not the Prime ministers car………….. Oh I see why

Antagonist 3:49 pm 06 Aug 13

Diggety said :

Affirmative Action Man said :

That explanation is a load of crap. The Ford diesel Territory would do anything the X5 can do. In fact so would the Hyundai Santa Fe or Kia Sorrento.

Its simply a matter of status they would rather drive a Beemer than a Kia.

The Territory diesel wasn’t on the market at the time.

Oh the number of Territory’s I have seen with dropped lower ball joints resting against (or inside) the brake rotors. I love buying Australian made, but the Beemer is better suited to the task. My only question: did they really need 5 of them?

c_c™ 2:55 pm 06 Aug 13

I was wondering when they were going to comment on this, the change seemed to happen shortly after Ford announced their plans to close. Curious whether Gillard at the time had nudged the CPP to swap vehicles so she wouldn’t have a constant reminder tailing her. Political or an operational decision?

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