Forget high-powered Audis, BMWs, AMGs and the rest - the LDV G10 people mover is the latest recruit in the Sydney police force, helping the Campsie Local Area Command carry out its crime prevention community projects.
Announced this week, the seven-seat LDV G10 people mover will be used by Sergeant Ghouse Mohammad and his fellow Campsie LAC officers to spread their crime prevention message to the schools, businesses and community groups of the Campsie area.
Of course, this is no pursuit special. The LDV, on loan to the force, will transport display materials and people between presentations and is fully decked-out in police colours.
"It’s one thing to solve crimes, but it’s even better if the crime doesn’t take place in the first place as it saves money and protects people and businesses from the effects of crime," said Zafer Kara, general manager of the Parramatta AutoCentre - the dealer supplying the LDV G10 police van.
"This is why we believe helping the Campsie Local Area Command with its efforts to stop crime before it happens is the most effective and useful contribution we can make to our local community."
(And if it puts the LDV brand in front of potential buyers, well, all the better.)
Meanwhile, Superintendent Commander Michael McLean of the Campsie LAC, says the addition of the LDV G10 to the fleet is a double win for the Campsie community.
"Not only does it provide our crime prevention team with transport to enable them to take the crime prevention message to even more people and businesses, it also frees-up a front line police vehicle that would otherwise be used in this role to be used to fight crime, enabling the Campsie LAC to be more efficient and effective in beating crime in our area," he said.
The LDV G10 people mover is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, developing 165kW of power and 310Nm of torque, sending drive to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.