The States of Jersey Police added a new car to their fleet last week, which was unveiled at the 2018 Battle of Flowers. The car, which is a race specification BMW M3, has been loaned to us by crime and thriller author Peter James, who now lives in Jersey.
The car will be used throughout the remainder of 2018 and 2019 to help promote various road’s policing activity and safety campaigns, particularly as an engagement tool with young people.
Chief Inspector Alison Fossey, Head of Community Policing, said, “This is an excellent way to help us raise the profile of road safety in Jersey, and we plan to use this car at events and during our campaigns to help raise awareness and start conversations. Each year we have a number of serious and sometimes fatal road accidents on our roads and we will continue to find innovative ways of increasing awareness and trying to reduce accidents.”
Peter James, the owner of the vehicle, said “Having worked closely with UK police forces over several decades while researching my crime and thriller novels, I’ve developed such admiration for the vital work that they do – from catching criminals to community engagement. When I heard about the Force’s road safety work I wondered how I could help. Hopefully the BMW M3 will serve as a good conversation starter, facilitating dialogue about road safety and policing and maybe even reaching younger people who are often harder to engage on this crucial subject.”
Superintendent James Wileman, Head of Operations, said, “I’m delighted that Peter has agreed to work with us in this way. I think the car looks great and I’m sure it will be a conversation piece wherever it goes. We will do all we can to encourage safer road use in Jersey”.
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