Police Unveil Guardian Lowrider

The car will serve as a promotional tool for SDPD

By Sarah Grieco and Megan Tevrizian
|  Wednesday, May 1, 2013  |  Updated 5:30 PM PDT
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The San Diego Police Department lowrider has some sweet moves.

The San Diego Police Department lowrider has some sweet moves.

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Police Unveil Guardian Lowrider

Police officers unveiled "The Guardian," a lowrider car funded by community and business donations.
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San Diego police officers showed off their latest addition to the fleet on Wednesday morning: A lowrider car.

No, the car won’t be used to track down criminals. Instead, the lowrider will serve as a promotional tool for the San Diego Police Department. The hope is to build trust and relationships with local community groups and spotlight the local lowrider community.

The car was funded by community and business donations, according to SDPD. 

Police Chief William Lansdowne took a turn in the car, and even did a couple tricks for special effect.

“It’s really an experience to do that,” he said. “I’ve been doing this business for 50 years and that’s the first time I’ve actually had control of a lowrider.”

One of the people who helped spearhead the project is Officer Gerardo Serrano.

“We work closely with the lowrider community of San Diego,” he said.

The car also pays tribute to some of the fallen officers of SDPD, including Jeremy Henwood and Christopher Wilson.

“They’ve honored us by making this car part of the memorial and part of their good work here in the southeastern division,” said Lansdowne.

The lowrider will make its first event appearance for Old Town’s Cinco de Mayo celebration this weekend.

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