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Lotus cars has donated a brand-new Exige to the Bankstown, NSW police force. The six-month loan gives the local constabulary a head-turner that it plans to leverage in community policing projects, particularly with regard to reaching out to local youths and car enthusiasts. The thinking is that the Exige will be an instant conversation-starter with both groups, and that, in turn, will enhance the police department's credibility with them.
The Lotus sports full police markings and a removable light bar that'll be used when it's on duty helping out with things like DUI checkpoints and radar duty (nice pursuit vehicle, guys). Lotus decided to donate the ride after seeing success w ith a similar collaboration it had with the Norfolk police in the UK. Here you have a police car that's capable of putting smiles on the faces of both the officers behind the wheel and the local citizenry. Well, maybe not all of them -- Lotus or not, if you're getting pulled over by the the Bankstown PD's new corner carver, odds are you're not in a smiling mood.
Full press release after the jump.
Gallery: Lotus Exige police car
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