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New Westminster – The New Westminster Police Department has put out a call for local youth artists to submit their most creative designs to help the department customize its Hummer H2.
The Hummer H2 has been granted to the NWPD through the provincial government’s Civil Forfeiture Program which continues to undermine the profit motive behind gang activity by taking away these proceeds of crime. The H2 is not a patrol vehicle and will be used in conjunction with youth focused initiatives.
“Connecting with youth and opening up a dialogue about the perils of gang life can help us steer the youth in our community in the right direction” stated Media Relations Officer, Acting Sergeant Jeff Scott. “This was a gangster’s vehicle and was being used for criminal activity before being seized and granted to the NWPD at no cost.”
The vehicle wrap contest is an opportunity for the NWPD to start discussions about the consequences for youth if they become involved with gangs and organized crime. The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit is supporting the contest, and artists submitting designs are asked to incorporate the phrase End Gang Life which will be featured on the rear window.
“There are some extremely talented youth in New Westminster and we are very eager to see their designs,” said School Liaison Officer, Constable Tim Callaghan. “This contest is an opportunity to empower our local youth as we are taking something that used to bring the community down and turning it into something that will uplift the community.”
Local youth aged 25 and younger are being invited to submit their designs for the vehicle wrap. The winning design will be announced May 13, 2016 and unveiled at the next large-scale city event.
Artists are eligible to submit designs if they are 25 years or younger and a resident of New Westminster or are currently enrolled in a New Westminster school. Full contest details, submission form, and a template of the Hummer are available on the New Westminster Police Department website at nwpd2016.yourballistic.com.