The FK8 Honda Civic Type R is the latest addition to the Australian New South Wales Police Force, as part of a 12-month sponsored partnership with Honda Australia. The hot hatch will be used for the Eyewatch social media initiative, which encourages the public to be active participants in making their communities safer.

Much like previous “rental cars” that the NSW police have received in the past, the Civic Type R won’t be used as a pursuit vehicle. In fact, it doesn’t even come with full official lights, sirens or a police radio, but merely gets some livery applied on it.

As a result, baddies will be spared the fury of the 2.0 litre DOHC VTEC Turbo engine with its 310 PS and 400 Nm of torque. However, if something immensely major happens to arise, the police could call its new toy into action.

“The Civic Type R has been engineered from the ground up to deliver the most rewarding driving experience in the hot hatch segment. It has proven to be immensely popular with customers, enthusiasts and the motoring media, so we’re positive the NSW Police Force will find it to be a great community engagement tool,” said Honda Australia director, Stephen Collins.

“The generosity of Honda Australia in providing this sponsored vehicle for 12 months also means it has the added benefit of being no cost to the tax payer,” noted assistant commissioner Joe Cassar APM, commander of the NSW Police Force Capability, Performance and Youth Command.

“The eye-catching design of the vehicle will hopefully be a great conversation starter while on display and get more people, especially younger people, more comfortable with approaching their local police,” he added.

While the Civic Type R is being used as a conversation starter to communicate the Eyewatch programme in the land down under, our Royal Malaysian Police is looking at the vehicle as a new Helang Lebuhraya Polis high-speed pursuit vehicle. Our livery certainly looks better, don’t you think?