Since 2014 Barossa Blue Light have partnered with Nuriootpa High School Automotive Pathways in a mentoring and relationship building program with a difference. Barossa Crime Prevention Section Sergeant Mick McNally, also Chairperson of Barossa Blue Light Branch, attends the automotive workshop at the school throughout the term to get to know the students. The aim of the program is to build trust and relationships between young people and police, and what better way to do it than to build a ‘race car’ together! The students learn about safety, problem solving and automotive race engineering and have transformed the car from a standard family car to a manual V8 powered race car. Sgt McNally then is entrusted to test the vehicle on a race track and provide feedback to students on site who then tune the many adjustable components of the car to enhance its performance, as well as collecting data and information to see how their adjustments have performed. Sgt McNally states “The vehicle itself is a fantastic way to engage young people who may be at risk and seeing the barriers get broken down first hand is an amazing reward. This is just another way that Blue Light is really helping our most vulnerable young people realise their potential and show that not only that they can trust police, but that police can also trust them”.