Fiat 500 to Join the Australian Police

If anyone believed that Australian police officers patrol only in big cars, now it's the time to prove the contrary.

Sydney's Leichhardt Police has finally made the big step in purchasing... a small car for their troops. We're not talking about an ordinary small vehicle, but the new Fiat 500, JTD turbodiesel. Their new “baby” seems to have all what it takes to make a perfect police car.

"When it comes to visibility, the 500 has proven to be an exceptional car, attracting attention and interest like no other car we have used," said superintendent Wayne Cox, the Leichhardt local area commander.

Nevertheless, although it is marked as a police car, it seems that it won't be used for ordinary police work rather for... police purposes. Thus, the vehicle's main task will be to assure community policing, being driven by the Crime Management Team at Leichhardt Local Area Command. In addition, the vehicle might also be seen at shopping centers, local schools and at community events and festivals such as the Glebe St and Norton St Fairs.

The Fiat 500 JTD is considered as Australia's most economic car and is meant to help Sydney's Leichhardt police to save money.

"We are delighted to be able to assist Australian police forces with the provision of cars for their road safety and crime prevention work," says Andrei Zaitzev, General Manager for Fiat in Australia. "We see this as practical and highly cost effective way that we can play our role in a safer community for everyone. Our cars assist the Police in making contact with a wide range of people so they can discuss and offer help with road safety and crime prevention, as well as providing the practical assistance of transport. We believe that this is a very positive role that we can play in the community," he added.
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