9-Mar-2012 Source: NSW Police
NSW Police have hosted a Helicopter Tactical Training Course, presented by a world-class tactical flight officer.
The three-day â€˜Kevin Means: Tactical Flyingâ€™ course was held in Parramatta between Monday (5 March 2012) and Wednesday (7 March 2012) and attended by Aviation Support Units from police forces across Australia.
Kevin Means is regarded as the worldâ€™s leading airborne law enforcement trainer and this is the worldâ€™s leading course on Airborne Police Patrol Tactics.
The tactical flying course enhances the skills of fixed wing and helicopter air crews, their Commanders and support staff, including communications, dog units, highway patrol, public order units and water police, who all play a large part in the success of any airborne law enforcement mission.
Aviation Support Branch Commander, Superintendent Mark Noakes, said the course was a great opportunity for police to increase the effectiveness of law enforcement aircraft in Australia.
â€œKevin Means has flown more than 12,000 hours over the last 20 years as a pilot and tactical flight officer with the San Diego Police,â€ said Supt Noakes.
â€œThis course gives us an opportunity to learn from his experience and expertise to equip our officers with the techniques to best use the latest technology.
â€œIt was also a chance to network with police air support units across Australia and improve inter-operability during high-profile events.
â€œWe are excited to put the new skills and techniques into practice within the NSW Police Aviation Support Branch and maximise the capabilities of PolAir,â€ Supt Noakes said.