The Hills police unveiled their new vehicle, an ML250 SUV, in Castle Towers today (Friday).
Hills Superintendent Rob Critchlow said his officers were looking forward to using the new police car in different parts of the local area command.
‘‘The vehicle is a Mercedes; something unusual for us, but it’s something special,’’ Superintendent Critchlow said.
‘‘It’s a good fit for the the police and we intend to use it to help convey our message of security for the community.’’
The idea of the two companies working together was the brainchild of Gareth McCray.
Superintendent Critchlow said the command was always looking for new ways to work with people.
‘‘We like to say, the police are the public and the public are the police,’’ Superintendent Critchlow said.
‘‘The police are part of the community; paid to do what members of the community would like us to do.’’
He also thanked Mercedes-Benz Parramatta for lending them the SUV.
The dealership’s marketing manager, Vicky Abela-Behrens, said it was an honour.
‘‘It’s been a pleasure working with The Hills LAC on this project,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m sure you agree this vehicle will be well received throughout the community.’’
Castle Towers paid for the details on the police vehicle and hosted the launch.
Towers’ centre manager Martin Ollis said he was pleased the police were using the shopping centre for the event and hoped shoppers would be as impressed as he was.
The Hills mayor Dr Michelle Byrne said she received it well and looked forward to seeing the new police car on the shire’s roads.
She also said it was a timely reminder of the police’s role in society.
‘‘While we’re sleeping, the police are out there, protecting our community 24/7,’’ Cr Byrne said.
‘‘They also spend a lot of time investing in our community in other ways.’’
She said this included police participation in safety workshops or in special events, such as Christmas and Easter shows.