Rose Bay Police officers (from left) Justin Hirano and Peter Daley with the first Alfa Romeo MiTo to join the Australian police.


Sydney’s Rose Bay Police is the first police force in Australia to have a new form of DNA technology that will be used to help crime prevention in the eastern suburbs of Australia’s largest city.

Sydney’s Rose Bay Police is the first police force in Australia to have a new form of DNA technology that will be used to help crime prevention in the eastern suburbs of Australia’s largest city. But this DNA does not come in the form of the unique building blocks of all life that the Police use to identify criminals, it’s the latest in automotive technology that comes as standard in the new Alfa Romeo Mito that is joining the Crime Management Unit.

The Mito is the latest in a series of cars provided by Alfa Romeo in Australia to police forces to help fight crime and save lives. “When it comes to visibility, the Mito has proven to be an exceptional car, attracting attention and interest like no other car,” said Chief Superintendent Bradley Shepherd, the Acting Local Area Commander. “With its primary role as providing a talking point from which we can discuss road safety and break down any barriers that may exist, the Mito has attracted interest from all areas and all age groups.”

“Despite being marked up as a police vehicle, we don’t use the Mito for normal police work, it is used for community policing, it’s a great way of building rapport in the community and certainly helps us get out our safe driving messages.  The Mito frees up normal police cars so they can be out on the roads, not only helping to save lives but also helping to fight crime and build relationships with local businesses and community groups” commented Superintendent Shepherd.

“This new Police Alfa Romeo will be used throughout our Command for community policing and is also a car for the community, as it will be used by our Crime Management Unit, which includes our Crime Co-ordinator, Crime Prevention Officer, Youth Liaison Officer, Domestic Violence Officer and our Traffic Officer. The Alfa Romeo frees up other vehicles to be deployed in frontline police work and with an average fuel consumption of 6.5 litres per 100 km, it is also the most economical car in our fleet”, said Detective Inspector Maricic, the Rose Bay Crime Manager.

“We are delighted to be able to assist Australian police forces with the provision of cars for their road safety and crime prevention work,” said Andrei Zaitzev. “We see this as practical and highly cost effective way that we can play our role in a safer community for everyone. Our cars assist the Police in making contact with a wide range of people so they can discuss and offer help with road safety and crime prevention, as well as providing the practical assistance of transport. We believe that this is a very positive role that we can play in the community.”

But what of the DNA technology? Electronic Stability Control (ESP) is already established as a major contribution to road safety with its ability to help drivers avoid road accidents. The Alfa Romeo DNA system takes this several steps further, enabling the driver to adjust the Mito’s handling and responsiveness to the road conditions. In Dynamic, the D of DNA, setting the ESP assumes ideal open road situations, providing move power from the turbocharged engine, more weight in the steering and a setting for the stability control to give maximum driver enjoyment. In Normal (N) setting the steering is lighter, the Stability Control is set for the variable conditions of normal driving and the engine power is backed off to save fuel. ‘A’ is for all-weather and this is setting for low grip, wet, icy or muddy roads, with the all the systems dialled in to be ready for tough and difficult driving conditions.

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