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Watch: 2 Calif. PDs turn cruisers into lowriders

Cruising is now legal in California, and to show signs of solidarity within the communities, Oceanside and San Diego police departments are rolling out their lowriders

By Sarah Roebuck

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Two California police departments have added a cruiser-turned-lowrider to their fleet, featuring hydraulics and all.

The Oceanside Police Department made modifications to a cruiser to help bridge the gap between law enforcement and community members, KUSI reports.

The cruiser has been equipped with hydraulic systems and features hand-painted symbols as a sign of solidarity within the Oceanside community.

The San Diego Police Department has also redeployed its lowrider, nicknamed “The Guardian,” CBS8 reports.

Star Pal, a nonprofit organization, maintains the upkeep of the car for San Diego PD. The organization is dedicated to fostering enduring connections between the community and law enforcement.

As of Jan. 1, cruising became legalized across California, following the enactment of AB436, which eliminated any remaining prohibitions on cruising. San Diego was the last to maintain such a ban since 1992. The ban was initially introduced to address issues of misconduct and criminal activities. However, lowrider groups and coalitions argue that those days are behind them, KUSI reports.