Newry police introduce modified Golf R32 to local young drivers

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Monday, December 9th, 2013
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Newry Neighbourhood Policing Team introduced the newly modified Volkswagen Golf R32 at Damolly Retail Park in Newry on Saturday evening.

The supped up car has been legally modified to show young drivers what modifications can be made to cars whilst still remaining legal and safe.

This project was specially designed to help build positive relations between the PSNI and local communities and is aimed at attracting and engaging young people and drivers on road safety, legally modified cars and antisocial driving.

Joint Chairs of the Southern Cluster Partnership Dr James McCammick and Councillor Roy McCartney said, “This event and the Connect III project is a great example of the innovative approach the PEACE III Southern Partnership takes in order to reinforce progress towards a peaceful and stable society and promote reconciliation at a local level.

“Not only does it enable us to engage with young people, and hopefully signpost them to further PEACE III opportunities but enables the PSNI to build on the relationships with Neighbourhood Policing Teams.”

The PSNI obtained ownership of the car when it was abandoned after being involved in a number of burglaries in Coleraine and South Down.

After extensive inquires regarding ownership no individuals or organisation were identified so the PSNI obtained a Court Order to use the car as an engagement tool and with the support of PEACE III were able to fund the current modifications.

Constable Kenny Gracey, Newry Neighbourhood Policing Team, told Newry Times, “We are delighted to be able to introduce the new Volkswagen R32 vehicle at the Slow Down event.

“With funding from Peace 3, we were able to make use of a car which was seized during a criminal investigation and transform it into an amazing piece of kit which will help us to engage with young drivers.

“The car is especially liveried and contains a number of special features including a games system and screen in the boot which enables young drivers to experience the dangers of driving whilst impaired.

“The R32 has also been legally modified to provide an example to young drivers of how vehicles can be modified and look good whilst still being legal and safe.

Gracey added, “This car will be used by police throughout E District and we are confident that it will help us to build positive relationships with road users and local communities.”

The modified Volkswagen Golf R32 will be used throughout E-District by the PSNI and PEACE III to engage with young people and drivers, if you would like to keep up to date with where the car will be appearing or how to get involved with CONNECT III why not follow them on Facebook at Facebook.com/CONNECTIII.


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