Members of the San Diego Police Department have confirmed they have partnered with the local lowrider community in order to juice-up a formal patrol car. The vehicle in question, a 2007 Crown Victoria, has received a full makeover. Lowrider enthusiasts feel the once-typical patrol car is something that will not turn the heads of even the most finicky car aficionados.
A SDPD spokesperson said the car will officially go by the name “The Guardian”. The Guardian features hydraulics, a custom paint job and polished chrome rims. Members of the lowrider community said the SDPD reached out to them about two years ago. They were initially surprised that the San Diego Police Department was interested in creating a custom car. Body shops and businesses donated time and materials. A total of $50,000 worth of volunteer work and parts were donated.
The Guardin has a custom black and white paint job. The car also features pinstripes and custom lettering. The once standard wheels have been upgraded to ones that contain 14-inch spokes. A mural that has been hand painted on the trunk reportedly took more than 80 hours to complete. The mural is an image of a police officer holding the hands of small children. The trio is bordered by angels.
Both sides say they are happy to be taking steps toward bridging the gap between their respective communities. Police Chief Bill Lansdown feels this is a step in the right direction.