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UK – Surrey and Sussex Police increase drone fleet from one to five

UK – Surrey and Sussex Police increase drone fleet from one to five

Surrey and Sussex Police have acquired four new state-of-the-art drones.  The Aeryon SkyRangers will add to the existing one which has been used to support policing operations at Gatwick since March 2014. The drones – also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – are designed to be used to safeguard people and to assist with… Read more »

Source: Surrey Police, 11-Apr-16

Suffolk police could turn to drones to cut helicopter costs

Suffolk police could turn to drones to cut helicopter costs

The proposal has been made by Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore in a bid to cut costs. See Full Story

Source: IPSwichStar, 24-Mar-15

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UK – Sussex Police Authority wins better air support for residents

UK – Sussex Police Authority wins better air support for residents

At their meeting on 16 February Sussex Police Authority celebrated a victory for the people of Sussex. The Authority, who had rejected a proposal for a National Police Air Service (NPAS) at a meeting last year, has succeeded in securing the best possible police air service for the people of Sussex. The original proposal would… Read more »

Source: Sussex Police Authority, 21-Feb-12

UK: South East Air Support Unit officially launched

UK: South East Air Support Unit officially launched

A collaboration to share air support across the counties of Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire was officially launched Friday at Shoreham Airport. Although the South East Air Support Unit (SEASU) has been operational since October, today marked the start of operations under a single Police Air Operator’s Certificate issued by the Civil Aviation Authority. Under the… Read more »

Source: Sussex Police, 04-Apr-11

Twitter feed for Sussex Police helicopter

Twitter feed for Sussex Police helicopter

People who see the Sussex Police helicopter can now check what the force is doing on Twitter @suspol_heli

Source: BBC, 10-Aug-10

UK: Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire police in helicopter share

UK: Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire police in helicopter share

The proposed South East Air Support Unit would bring together an MD Explorer from Shoreham and an EC135 from Odiham.  Note, neither operate the AS355 featured in the BBC story!

29-Jul-10

Surrey Police considering merging air unit with Sussex and Hampshire

Surrey Police considering merging air unit with Sussex and Hampshire

Deputy Chief Constable Craig Denholm said the Surrey helicopter cost nearly £2m a year to keep in the air.  “We are completely committed to continuing air support in Surrey,” he said. “But I am not saying we will retain a single helicopter for Surrey.”  [HeliHub.com Editor Note: The accompanying BBC story wrongly features an AS355]

28-May-10