It’s never a good night when you end up in the back of a cop car.
Unless you’re Passfield Park School student Norm Chandler.
The school’s year 12 students celebrated the end of their high school years with a formal at Wests Leagues Club on Friday night.
Rather than get a limousine to event – generally the popular choice – Norm asked the police for a ride.
Macquarie Fields police’s Senior Constable David Blom said it was a request the boys and girls in blue were happy to grant.
“It was the request of Norm to arrive at his formal in style – and in style he arrived,” Senior Constable Blom said.
“Norm has always wanted to ride in a cop car and was super excited for this chance.”
A few of Norm’s fellow students – including his mate Blair Murray – also got up close and personal with the car.
Senior Constable Blom said policing was about being there for the community, whether that be locking criminals up or helping make the night of some lucky teenagers.
“Police from Macquarie Fields really love doing this type of community engagement,” he said.
“We believe that it such an important part of our job.
“Boys like Norm and Blair may not get the chance to do something like this again so to make it happen makes me feel so proud and humbled.
“Passfield Park School is a special needs school that caters for kindergarten to year 12 students who have moderate to severe disabilities.
“The work they do within their Minto community and beyond is amazing.
“How they (teachers) look after these special kids is truly something special.
“Thanks to Christine (Ayres) and the other staff at Passfield Park School for reaching out to us and making this happen.”
Ms Ayres thanked the police for their efforts, saying they were greatly appreciated by the students.
“I’d like to acknowledge how helpful the police were in organising this,” she said.
“It was the highlight of the school year for Norm.”
Principal Wendy Low said the staff at the school did a tremendous job preparing the students for life after school.
“The school has a wonderful community of parents and staff who ensure the students participate in quality learning ... so they go on to be valuable members of society,” she said.