The New South Wales Police force in southeastern Australian have just been gifted a Civic Type R by the good guys at Honda. Despite the car’s +300hp and class-leading FWD chassis, however, the Type R won’t be used for high-speed pursuits.
Instead, the hyper hatch is intended as a ‘community engagement’ tool and a means for the police to appeal to the general public through social media. Think of it as the NSW Police’s way of saying “hey guys, we like cars too, and we’re here to make the roads safer, so give us a break.”
Interestingly, even if the NSW Police force wanted to use the Type R as a pursuit vehicle, police cars there need to feature automatic transmissions to meet guidelines, so the manual-only Honda wouldn’t be usable.
As a means to appeal to the community, however, the R is a great way for people to get to know their local Police force.
Anyone in the local area can see the car this Saturday at the Fairfield Police and Community Expo at Emerson Reserve Wetherill Park.