10-Oct-2011 Source: Gold Coast City Council
A new police eye in the sky has taken a major step forward after the successful tender for a six month police helicopter trial was announced today.
Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke said Heliwest would operate a single gas turbine Bell R206 Longranger that would provide police with aerial surveillance capabilities.
â€œTodayâ€™s announcement represents a major boost to policing on the Gold Coast. Other major cities around the country already have a police air wing and I am confident this Council-funded initiative will prove to the State Government that ongoing police air capability is needed,â€ said Cr Clarke.
â€œTo help ensure the success of this trial, Council has worked closely with Queensland Police to make certain the helicopter meets their operational requirements.
â€œOne available option to boost the helicopterâ€™s operational hours is to secure an appropriate corporate sponsor and with the tender process now complete, we can start going to the market to explore this option.
â€œAs Mayor, I am proud Council has initiated this trial on behalf of our community. Funding a trial police air wing is a first for any local government in the country and residents can look forward to seeing the helicopter in our skies from next month.â€