POLICE AIR COVER EXTENDED WITH ADDITION OF FIXED-WING PLANES TO THE FLEET

4 new bespoke aeroplanes are being added to the existing national fleet of Police helicopters to deliver a more responsive service to the 43 police forces of England and Wales.

Flying out of a custom-built base at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, the fleet of new planes will travel the length and breadth of England and Wales and respond to the same range of tasks as the helicopters – including here on the Isle of Wight.

With faster flying speeds and greater endurance times, the planes will increase attendance rates to some of the more remote areas of the country and help to keep more people safe from the air.

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2 of the 4 planes are already certificated to fly on task and have responded to 100 tasks across the UK in the last 2 months.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport is home to 1 of 14 National Police Air Service air bases offering support to all police forces across England and Wales as part of a unique national policing collaboration. From these bases, the National Police Air Service responds to 20,000 incidents every year.

Ian Vause, Assistant Operations Director for the National Police Air Service said:

“Providing a unique aerial view to police officers on the ground, the addition of planes to the National Police Air Service helicopter fleet has already boosted our ability to respond to policing needs across the UK.

“Supporting the location of suspects and vehicles, of vulnerable missing people and the policing ‘command and control’ of large public gatherings, such as sports matches and other events, air support is a vital tool in combatting crime and disorder and keeping people safe.

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“We save local police time when it really matters and I am delighted to be able to do this more often and in more locations through the addition of this new arm to our fleet.”

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Seay
Seay
1 year ago

What an utter waste of cash. Even when, which is not all that oft, they do catch criminals, the sentences are so weak that the cost of these planes will never justify such.

If they were used to spot and then return illegals heading this way, then the cost may be justified.

But to give some chav a ban on driving when they never had a licence anyway is useless.

The cash would be better spent on more jail space, as we now have the worlds finest inside, not just our own low life.

John
John
1 year ago

They should look more into using drones. Much cheaper.

Mark
Mark
1 year ago

Note to self: Don’t get too far away from an airstrip in the Doncaster area in case I need the police…

Seriously though, the inability of fixed wing planes to hover, remain airborne at low speeds and their general lack of manoeuvrability compared to a helicopter must limit their usefulness.

Rog
Rog
1 year ago

That airport used to be called Robin Hood!
It is a pity they have bought Italian aircraft rather than Islanders. I think drones would be cheaper and better for here.

JHVF
JHVF
1 year ago

What a pity they could not have been British aircraft. Just shows how far the British aircraft industry has sunk. In fact is there one ?

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