NSW Police Force bring some serious toys out to play at the Bathurst 1000
As the 2016 Bathurst 1000 ramps up, the NSW Police Force is out in force – but in a slightly unusual way.
The police have parked their usual general duty Holden Commodores and Ford Falcons in favour of some slightly more exotic metal.
A McLaren 650S Spider and a Bentley Continental GT have been dressed in official livery for the weekend, as part of a community engagement program.
NSW Police Force spokesperson Brooke Eggleton told CarsGuide.com.au that the cars were proving popular drawcards for race goers.
“The cars are on loan from (Sydney prestige dealer) Trivetts, so you won’t see them on patrol,” she said. “The white McLaren is a different version to the yellow one we had last year.
“It’s very much about community engagement this weekend.”
We hope they aid the NSW Police Force in drawing attention to key events and promoting road safety during the course of the weekend.
Dealer Principal, of Trivett Bespoke Marc Webb said that the company was pleased to assist with the two cars.
“With the presence of these vehicles at the 2016 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, we hope they aid the NSW Police Force in drawing attention to key events and promoting road safety during the course of the weekend,” he said.
Ms Eggleton also confirmed that the Ford Mustang that has been actively involved in the program to source replacement highway patrol cars for the NSW force is making its first formal display this weekend on the mountain.
“It’s here as part of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command display,” she said.
The Mustang had been shortlisted as a potential replacement for the highway division, though modifications to transmission coolers have been added in order for the car to pass the force’s stringent tests.
The Subaru WRX, Chrysler 300 SRT and even the Infiniti Q50 are also under consideration to replace the Falcon XR8 and the Commodore SS.
Even though the Falcon has ceased production, it will still be on fleet until at least 2019, while the Commodore will see service until 2020.
Police will be out in numbers at the Mt Panorama circuit this weekend as part of Operation Mawson.
Officers from the Public Order and Riot Squad (PORS), Operations Support Group (OSG), Dog Unit, PolAir, Licensing Police, Bicycle Unit, Youth Command (PCYC), Police Transport Command and Traffic and Highway Patrol Command will be on site over the weekend.
The operation’s commander, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie, said that the attitude of race goers had changed in character over the years.
“While the race has certainly shifted in recent years to a more family-friendly event, there are still some who drink to excess and spoil the event for others,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.
“That’s why we will maintain a highly-visible presence, focusing on anti-social behaviour and alcohol-fuelled crime, and to ensure strict alcohol restrictions are adhered to.”
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