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San Diego Police Debut Low Rider To Strengthen Community Relations

Evening Edition

Aired 5/2/13 on KPBS News.

What has four wheels, a hydraulic system and a bumping stereo you can hear driving up the street?

What has four wheels, a hydraulic system and a bumping stereo you can hear driving up the street?

That would be "The Guardian," a new promotional tool for the San Diego Police Department that debuted today in the city's Skyline neighborhood.

The low rider is part of an outreach effort that SDPD hopes will build community connections with police and dispel any bad blood. Project leaders said the idea came from Los Angeles, where a similar program created better relations between police and the community.

Community organizers said it wasn't easy to get the low rider project off the ground. They've been trying to partner with police for about three years now. To bridge the gap, using something they can relate too, but in a positive way.

"Unfortunately, low riders have a negative stigma," said Mayra Nunez, liaison for the low rider community.

Officer Gerardo Serrano added that the Skyline area "has always had an 'us-versus-them' mentality" and that it's hoped the low rider will change things.

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