Law-enforcement News

All Metal delivers transportable hoist to New Mexico State Police

All Metal delivers transportable hoist to New Mexico State Police

21-Jun-2012Source: All Metal MS

All Metal MS, a leader in the development and manufacturing of safety first custom maintenance stands, maintenance support equipment and hangar equipment, announces that the New Mexico State Police Department has procured All Metal’s newest product, the lightweight transportable hoist (LTH). The LTH is alightweight maintenance device designed for removing the engine, transmission, rotor head... Read more

Houston Police selects Night Flight Concepts NVG maintenance solution

Houston Police selects Night Flight Concepts NVG maintenance solution

19-Jun-2012Source: Night Flight Concepts

Night Flight Concepts is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the Houston Police Department (PD) Air Support Division as the provider of choice to perform 180-day Night Vision Goggle (NVG) inspections. “NVGs are a mission-critical capability for our organization, and airborne law enforcement, helping us serve our community 24/7,” stated Dan Schwarzbach... Read more

Successful conclusion to PAvCon 2012 Police Aviation Conference

Successful conclusion to PAvCon 2012 Police Aviation Conference

13-Jun-2012Source: PAvCon

Police Aviation Research has announced the completion of another highly successful PAvCon Police Aviation Conference to an International gathering of police aviation professionals from 25 nations. The PAvCon 2012 took place in association with the German Federal Police at their Hangelar, Bonn police air support headquarters facility in Sankt Augustin, Bonn, Germany over the recent... Read more

Turbomeca USA appoints Director of Commercial and Parapublic Operator Support

Turbomeca USA appoints Director of Commercial and Parapublic Operator Support

13-Jun-2012Source: Turbomeca USA

World leading helicopter engine manufacturer, Turbomeca (Safran group) is pleased to announce the new appointment of David Horton as Director, Commercial and Para public Operator Support for its U.S. operations. David will report to Jean-Marc Domergue, Vice President of Customer Support at Turbomeca USA, Inc. David brings to his new position over 25 years of... Read more

Costa Rica Police learn to use helicopter in chases

Costa Rica Police learn to use helicopter in chases

12-Jun-2012Source: InsideCostaRica.com

Previously, the Costa Rica Police only used their two MD500Es for surveillance tasks.  Now they have extended their role to chases. (see full story)... Read more

HeliHub.com launches daily email of Law Enforcement headlines and safety data

HeliHub.com launches daily email of Law Enforcement headlines and safety data

7-Jun-2012Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com is today launching a fourth daily email bulletin – specifically focusing on helicopters in the Law Enforcement role.  This will pick up news items, accident reports etc related to the operation of helicopters with police, border patrol and similar.  While the news stories are an overlap with our main daily news headlines email, this... Read more

29 helicopters to monitor Rio for UN Sustainable Development conference

29 helicopters to monitor Rio for UN Sustainable Development conference

7-Jun-2012Source: R7

The security operation for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) includes no fewer than 29 helicopters (see full story)... Read more

22 face court over Philippine National Police R44 sale

22 face court over Philippine National Police R44 sale

7-Jun-2012Source: Rappler

Charges were filed on Wednesday 6th against Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, former National Police chief Jesus Verzosa, a businessman, and 19 retired and active police officers over the sale of second-hand R44s to the Philippine National Police. (see full story) see earlier HeliHub.com story – Controversy surrounds R44 acquisition by Philippine National Police... Read more

ALEA Technical Briefing Presentation Opportunities

ALEA Technical Briefing Presentation Opportunities

6-Jun-2012Source: ALEA

There are still spots available for Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) corporate members desirous of presenting a Technical Briefing at this year’s ALEA Annual Conference, to be held July 11-14 in Reno, Nev. Those interested should submit their request online no later than Fri., June 8 at 12:00 p.m. eastern time in order to be assured a... Read more

Sheriff pleased with results after disposing of helicopters

Sheriff pleased with results after disposing of helicopters

4-Jun-2012Source: Marietta Times

Last January the Washington County Sheriff’s Office transferred its two Vietnam-era helicopters to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, citing expected repairs to the birds and a lack of benefits from the program. (see full story)... Read more

Fuel donation helps Oakland Police continue flying

Fuel donation helps Oakland Police continue flying

31-May-2012Source: Oakland Tribune

Oakland police lauded Fueling California on Wednesday after the nonprofit donated $10,000 worth of fuel to power their helicopters. (see full story)... Read more

ASU helps launch NVG program for Pasadena Police

ASU helps launch NVG program for Pasadena Police

31-May-2012Source: Aviation Specialties Unlimited

Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) announced that they completed a full-service order for the Pasadena Police Department. The Pasadena Police Department purchased four new night vision goggles, modified the interiors of their two Bell OH-58s and received initial training for seven pilots. “The Pasadena Police Department plays a vital role in the protection of one of... Read more

Sacramento Police get free OH-58 from Yamhill County Sheriff

Sacramento Police get free OH-58 from Yamhill County Sheriff

30-May-2012Source: Sacramento Bee

The Bell OH-58 is being donated by the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Department in Oregon, just north of Salem. It can no longer afford to have an air operations program. (see full story)  File photo... Read more

Chilton County Sheriff acquires OH-6

Chilton County Sheriff acquires OH-6

28-May-2012Source: Clanton Advertiser

Chilton County Sheriff Kevin Davis acquired a plane and helicopter for the department to use. Ken Gilliland of B&G Flying Service Inc (which operates out of the Chilton County Airport) was named a reserve deputy, and will pilot and maintain the aircraft (see full story)... Read more

LoJack Helps Law Enforcement Make Two Great Rescues In One Week

LoJack Helps Law Enforcement Make Two Great Rescues In One Week

28-May-2012Source: LoJack

Thanks to a pair of services from LoJack Corporation (NASDAQ: LOJN) and its subsidiary LoJack SafetyNet, law enforcement agencies on opposite coasts of the U.S. were able to make two great saves this week, rescuing two young kidnapped children who were inside a stolen Lexus in Burien, WA, and an elderly Marshfield, MA man with Alzheimer’s who wandered from... Read more

Norwegian Police lease second EC135

Norwegian Police lease second EC135

23-May-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Up to now, Norway has had a single police helicopter – a1 Eurocopter EC135T2 based at Oslo-Gardermoen Airport (ENGM) and operated by Pegasus Helicopter.  They have operated it since April 2004.  A second helicopter was promised and funded after last July’s terrorist attacks, and back in January, we reported that there was a delay in... Read more

Mexican Police JetRanger down, 3 injured

Mexican Police JetRanger down, 3 injured

17-May-2012Source: HeliHub.com

T his news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and... Read more

Western Australia Police N3 Dauphin to go live in two weeks

Western Australia Police N3 Dauphin to go live in two weeks

15-May-2012Source: The West Australian

Western Australia Police are on the point of replacing their BK117 with a new AS365N3 Dauphin, subject to completion of paperwork with CASA regarding installed equipment. (see full story).  The Police Air Wing also operate three fixed wing aircraft – two Pilatus PC12 and a Cessna 182.... Read more

Full details of PAvCon law enforcement conference announced

Full details of PAvCon law enforcement conference announced

11-May-2012Source: PAvCon

The Zeiss Opronics sponsored PAvCon 2012 event will take place at the German Federal Police air support and training facility at Sankt Augustin, Hangelar, near Bonn, Germany on 5-6 June 2012. The programme will include a potentially exciting programme of instructional presentations on the issues of today including CRM. This is a great networking event for police... Read more

Police AW119 down in Brazil, 8 killed

Police AW119 down in Brazil, 8 killed

9-May-2012Source: HeliHub.com

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,... Read more

Night Flight Concepts wins multi-year contract with Massachusetts State Police

Night Flight Concepts wins multi-year contract with Massachusetts State Police

8-May-2012Source: Night Flight Concepts

Night Flight Concepts ® (NFC) is pleased to announce award of a multi-year contract with Massachusetts State Police (MSP) for a comprehensive program of night vision imaging system (NVIS) and laser defense support. The Massachusetts State Police (MSP) is the principle statewide law enforcement agency in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the largest law enforcement agency in... Read more

Vineyard owner lends helicopter to Albemarle County Sheriff

Vineyard owner lends helicopter to Albemarle County Sheriff

7-May-2012Source: Newsplex.com

A Hughes 500C is being used as a new rescue tool for the Albemarle County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team. The aircraft and its services are being provided by David King, co-owner of King Family Vineyard. (see full story)... Read more

Draganflyer to show UAVs at ICAP police conference

Draganflyer to show UAVs at ICAP police conference

2-May-2012Source: Draganflyer

Draganfly Innovations will be attending the 2012 International Association of Chiefs of Police (ICAP) 2012 Conference. The 2012 ICAP Conference runs from September 29 to October 3 and will feature speakers from around the world. ICAP 2012 is an excellent opportunity to get the latest opinions on currently pressing law enforcement topics. We will be... Read more

Seattle Police evaluates UAV

Seattle Police evaluates UAV

30-Apr-2012Source: Seattle Police

The Seattle Police Department is in the training and evaluation stages of deploying an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).  Since first exploring the possibilities and advantages of an unmanned aerial program to the present day, nothing has changed substantively. The possible use of a UAV by SPD has been in the news for quite a while... Read more

Turkish National Police choose AEM external PA system for 429s

Turkish National Police choose AEM external PA system for 429s

30-Apr-2012Source: AEM

AEM’s 400W External PA System has been chosen by the Turkish National Police (TNP) for their new fleet of 15 Bell 429 twin-engine helicopters. The contract for the new helicopters was signed last month between Bell and the TNP authorities. All aircraft will be built at Bell’s Canadian facility in Mirabel, Quebec with the aircraft... Read more

Talk of second Winnipeg Police helicopter premature, says councillor

Talk of second Winnipeg Police helicopter premature, says councillor

27-Apr-2012Source: CBC

Winnipeg Police have had their EC120 a year now, and the usage in 2012 at 40 hours a month is 50% higher than planned. Opposition councillors are calling for a second helicopter (see full story)... Read more

Palm Beach County Sheriff selects Becker Intercom for Bell 407GX

Palm Beach County Sheriff selects Becker Intercom for Bell 407GX

26-Apr-2012Source: Becker Avionics

Becker Avionics have announced that the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO), Florida, has selected the DVCS6100 digital airborne audio control panel system for its new Bell 407GX helicopter. The aircraft is currently being outfitted with a law enforcement completion package at Bell Helicopter’s facility in Piney Flats, Tennessee. The new Bell 407GX is equipped... Read more

UK – Avon and Somerset Police EC135 to remain at Filton under NPAS

UK – Avon and Somerset Police EC135 to remain at Filton under NPAS

24-Apr-2012Source: Avon and Somerset Police

Avon and Somerset Police can confirm that a police helicopter will continue to be based at Filton airfield when the new National Police Air Service is launched. In October 2012 the National Police Air Service will begin adopting responsibility for police air operations from individual forces to the new service. In July 2013 Avon and... Read more

Gold Coast police helicopter now state-funded and permanent

Gold Coast police helicopter now state-funded and permanent

23-Apr-2012Source: Queensland Government

Ed: Background to this press release is that Queensland has recently gone through elections, and the incoming administration have fulfilled a manifesto pledge by taking this action Police Minister Jack Dempsey has secured South East Queensland’s police helicopter. The Gold Coast-based police helicopter, which was originally funded by the Gold Coast City Council, will now... Read more

ABLE Eurocopter EC120s sold to Canada

ABLE Eurocopter EC120s sold to Canada

19-Apr-2012Source: Orange County Register

The helicopters were sold to Truscott Contracting, Ltd, said Newport police Chief Jay Johnson, who is also chairman of the ABLE Board of Governors. Truscott Contracting is based in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. (see full story) HeliHub.com Editor note – Trustcott Contracting currently owns one Robinson R44 II, registered C-FSRT... Read more

Specialist Aviation celebrates 100,000 MD Explorer hours

Specialist Aviation celebrates 100,000 MD Explorer hours

18-Apr-2012Source: Specialist Aviation Services

Specialist Aviation Services (SAS), the UK based emergency services and utility operator, is celebrating this week having achieved 100,000 flying hours with the MD 902 Explorer. The group is the largest operator of MD902 Explorers in the world and first introduced the type into the UK in 1998 as a dual-roled Police and Air Ambulance... Read more

Mumbai Police prepare to spend $19M on a helicopter

Mumbai Police prepare to spend $19M on a helicopter

18-Apr-2012Source: HeliHub.com

A local press article suggests that the Police in the city of Mumbai could be the first to go airborne, but it is not clear whether the proposed helicopter would be available throughout the state of Maharastra or not.  Mumbai has a population of over 12 million at a staggering density of over 50,000 per... Read more

Spain’s Traffic Police sell two AS355Ns

Spain’s Traffic Police sell two AS355Ns

17-Apr-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Trafico – the Spainish Traffic Police – have sold a pair of Eurocopter AS355N helicopters.  The 1998 and 1999 manufactured airframes were purchased by DMG Heli Sales in the UK and have 3700 and 4400 hours on the airframes.  Both are being offered for immediate resale. See also http://www.DMGHeliSales.co.uk Copyright photo reproduced with permission of... Read more

South Yorkshire Police Authority accepts helicopter collaboration plan

South Yorkshire Police Authority accepts helicopter collaboration plan

16-Apr-2012Source: South Yorkshire Police Authority

South Yorkshire Police Authority has reached agreement with the National Police Air Service (NPAS) to retain a helicopter based in Sheffield. The Authority had raised concerns that the initial NPAS proposals, announced last year, did not provide sufficient cover for South Yorkshire. Following negotiations with NPAS, the Authority has agreed in principle to join the... Read more

Japanese Police orders two GrandNew Helicopters

Japanese Police orders two GrandNew Helicopters

15-Apr-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Kanematsu Corporation are pleased to announce they have been awarded a contract by the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) to supply two GrandNew law enforcement light twin helicopters as part of an on-going programme to modernise the Police helicopter fleet. The two aircraft will be operated in Saga  and Tottori... Read more

Queensland Police rely on TV helicopter footage in chase

Queensland Police rely on TV helicopter footage in chase

13-Apr-2012Source: Brisbane Times

At some stages of the chase, officers in the central police communications centre were forced to rely on footage of the chase being broadcast live via media helicopters in order to relay the location of stolen cars to police on the ground. (see full story). Short on proper equipment to do the job, perhaps?... Read more

Baxter County Sheriff acquires two OH-58s

Baxter County Sheriff acquires two OH-58s

12-Apr-2012

Baxter County Sheriff has acquired two ex-military surplus OH-58s from Arkansas State Police, where they had become surplus to requirements after acquisition of a Bell 407.  The two aircraft are N528SP and N529SP.  The photo shows Baxter County have tried to disguise their registrations for the road trip!  Baxter will merge the two into one usable... Read more

Pima County Sheriffs selects Becker digital ICS for new AS350B3e

Pima County Sheriffs selects Becker digital ICS for new AS350B3e

9-Apr-2012Source: Becker Avionics

Becker Avionics announced today that Pima County Sheriffs Department (PCSD) of Tucson, Arizona, selected the DVCS6100 digital airborne audio control panel system for its new AS350 B3e multi-mission helicopter. The aircraft delivered in mid-March during a ceremony at American Eurocopter’s Grand Prairie TX Delivery Center. During the next few months the aircraft will be outfitted... Read more

Security worry over police helicopter at Redhill

Security worry over police helicopter at Redhill

30-Mar-2012Source: Get Surrey

The proposal to move a helicopter to the east of the county was agreed at a Surrey Police Authority meeting on Monday (March 26) in preparation for the introduction of the National Police Air Service (NPAS) scheme next month. (see full story)... Read more

Carabineros de Chile accept fifth AW109 Power

Carabineros de Chile accept fifth AW109 Power

30-Mar-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Carabineros de Chile have accepted their fifth AW109 Power light twin helicopter. A ceremony was recently held at FIDAE 2012 in Santiago in the presence of several dignitaries and representatives from the Chilean Government, the Italian Embassy and the operator. The Carabineros de Chile has... Read more

LA County Sheriff faces questions over payments to Hangar One

LA County Sheriff faces questions over payments to Hangar One

28-Mar-2012Source: LA Times

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials overpaid a private contractor nearly $11 million for work that wasn’t needed and aircraft equipment they already had, according to allegations in a sheriff’s memo (see full story)... Read more

Turkish Police select Becker audio for new Bell 429 fleet

Turkish Police select Becker audio for new Bell 429 fleet

20-Mar-2012Source: Becker Avionics

Becker Avionics announced that the Turkish National Police (TNP) has selected its digital aircraft audio system, the DVCS6100, for their new fleet of fifteen (15) Bell 429 light-twin helicopters. Becker Avionics is the worldwide leader in airborne Digital Audio and intercom solutions for Helicopter and Fixed-Wing aircraft applications. Their DVCS6100 is the best selling tactical... Read more

Pima County AZ Sheriff receives first AS350B3e in US law enforcement

Pima County AZ Sheriff receives first AS350B3e in US law enforcement

15-Mar-2012Source: American Eurocopter

American Eurocopter announced today that it has delivered an AS350® B3e to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department (PCSD), which is based in Tucson, Arizona. The aircraft was delivered during a ceremony in American Eurocopter’s Grand Prairie Delivery Center. This marks the delivery of the first AS350 B3e to a law enforcement agency in the United... Read more

Broward County Sheriff’s Office renews NVG contract with Night Flight Concepts

Broward County Sheriff’s Office renews NVG contract with Night Flight Concepts

13-Mar-2012Source: Night Flight Concepts

Night Flight Concepts (NFC) is pleased to announce that the Broward County Sheriff’s Office has renewed commitments for a comprehensive Night Vision Goggle training program from Night Flight Concepts – BCSO’s designated NVG solution provider.  The training program includes renewal of NVIOâ„¢ NVG Initial and Recurrent Computer-Based Training (CBT) for pilots and fire rescue crewmembers... Read more

Turkish National Police signs contract for 15 Bell 429s

Turkish National Police signs contract for 15 Bell 429s

13-Mar-2012Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has signed a contract with the Turkish National Police for the purchase of 15 Bell 429s with deliveries to begin in May 2013. The Bell 429 was selected after an extensive evaluation period during which members of the Turkish National Police Undersecretariat for Defence... Read more

NSW Police host Helicopter Tactical Training Course

NSW Police host Helicopter Tactical Training Course

9-Mar-2012Source: NSW Police

NSW Police have hosted a Helicopter Tactical Training Course, presented by a world-class tactical flight officer. The three-day ‘Kevin Means: Tactical Flying’ 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 world’s... Read more

Lawsuit filed against two Louisiana State Police Pilot Supervisors

Lawsuit filed against two Louisiana State Police Pilot Supervisors

7-Mar-2012Source: WAFB

A lawsuit filed Monday claims a pattern of retaliation and safety issues within the Louisiana State Police Department. A State Police pilot claims his supervisors ordered him to fly a helicopter after it was grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration, and that the Commander of all State Police took no disciplinary action. (see full story). ... Read more

Mini-UAV crashes during police test near Houston

Mini-UAV crashes during police test near Houston

6-Mar-2012Source: Examiner

Vanguard CEO Michael Buscher said his company’s prototype drone was flying about 18-feet off the ground when it started having trouble.   It’s designed to go into an auto shutdown mode, according to Buscher, but when it was coming down the drone crashed into the SWAT team’s armored vehicle. (see full story)... Read more

Long Beach Police seeks approval to sell two EC130s

Long Beach Police seeks approval to sell two EC130s

5-Mar-2012Source: Press Telegram

The EC130s were bought in 2001 for $5.76 million and went into service the following December. Police purchased two replacement AS350B-2  in February 2011 for $3.52 million from the Los Angeles County Sheriff.  The acquisition was intended to reduce operating costs by 42 percent – from $768 per hour to $448, according to a staff... Read more

Quito’s Metropolitan Public Security take delivery of AS350B3

Quito’s Metropolitan Public Security take delivery of AS350B3

1-Mar-2012Source: Eurocopter

Eurocopter’s Mexican subsidiary, Eurocopter de México (EMSA), has delivered a single-engine AS350 B3 helicopter to EMSEGURIDAD-Q, Quito’s Metropolitan Public Security and Civic Engagement Logistics Agency. The aircraft will be used in law enforcement missions. The handover ceremony took place in the Parque Lineal, in the Ecuadorian capital’s Solanda district, and was attended by EMSA representatives... Read more

Tampa Police acquires new Laser Armorâ„¢ light interference filters

Tampa Police acquires new Laser Armorâ„¢ light interference filters

1-Mar-2012Source: Night Flight Concepts

Night Flight Concepts (NFC) is pleased to announce that Tampa PD Aviation Unit, a long-time user of NFC NVG Maintenance Services, has procured new Laser Armorâ„¢ Light Interference Filters (LIF) to protect their NVGs from malicious laser strikes encountered by their pilots and aircrew members. The aviation unit is one of the first law enforcement... Read more

Yamhill County dismantles helicopter program

Yamhill County dismantles helicopter program

28-Feb-2012Source: Yamhill Valley News-Register

County sold the three nonflying OH-58A+ units on eBay in December and has now disposed of the fourth and last aircraft to Sacramento Police Dept (see full story)  File photo... Read more

Politician commits to full-time Queensland Police helicopter, subject to election

Politician commits to full-time Queensland Police helicopter, subject to election

27-Feb-2012Source: Queensland Labor

A new Labor Government will invest $7.5 million over the next three years to provide a permanent police helicopter for the Gold Coast. Premier Anna Bligh said the trial of a police helicopter currently underway on the coast had proven the use of the aircraft was beneficial to fighting crime in the area. “In July... Read more

California Aviation Services to train future police pilots

California Aviation Services to train future police pilots

26-Feb-2012Source: California Aviation Services

After 9 years of helicopter service to the City of Fontana, California Aviation Services, Inc is expanding its flight school operation to include specialized police pilot helicopter training courses. In 2003, Leo Bell (15 year police veteran and founder of California Aviation Services, Inc) entered into a contract with the City of Fontana Ca, to... Read more

UK – North West Air Support gets confused by Twitter

UK – North West Air Support gets confused by Twitter

24-Feb-2012Source: HeliHub.com

North West Air Support group prepares for the impending NPAS National Police Air Service with a new Twitter account @NWCopter – complete with photo of Greater Manchester Police’s MD902, 159 followers, but no tweets yet.  We also notice similarly named accounts @GMCopter for the Greater Manchester Police- one test tweet 29th July 2011 @LancsCopter for... Read more

Chicago Fire and Police Depts order Vislink surveillance technology

Chicago Fire and Police Depts order Vislink surveillance technology

22-Feb-2012Source: Vislink

Vislink has won a major order from Motorola Solutions, Inc. to fulfill Motorola’s contract with the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) to equip Chicago Fire and Police Department helicopters with airborne surveillance technology in advance of the city’s hosting of the Group of Eight (G8) and NATO Summits in May... Read more

Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau orders two AW139s

Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau orders two AW139s

21-Feb-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau has signed a contract for two AW139 medium twin helicopters. These aircraft, which add to one AW109 Power and two CA109 Power light twins already in service with this customer, will be used to perform law enforcement, fire fighting and... Read more

UK – Sussex Police Authority wins better air support for residents

UK – Sussex Police Authority wins better air support for residents

21-Feb-2012Source: Sussex Police Authority

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

Columbus Police order new MD500E, option on another

Columbus Police order new MD500E, option on another

20-Feb-2012Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), a leading manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters, has announced that the City of Columbus, Ohio has ordered an MD 500E for delivery in 2012 and an option for a second aircraft to be delivered in 2013. This purchase represents the thirteenth and fourteenth MD 500E in active service in accordance... Read more

Kansas City Police orders three new MD500Es

Kansas City Police orders three new MD500Es

20-Feb-2012Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), a leading manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters, has announced that the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners has approved the purchase of three MD 500E helicopters for use by the Police Patrol Support Unit for airborne law enforcement. The selection of MD Helicopters was made after a six month RFP... Read more

South Yorkshire Police considers legal challenge over helicopter

South Yorkshire Police considers legal challenge over helicopter

15-Feb-2012Source: Yorkshire Post

South Yorkshire Police Authority’s chief executive Bill Wilkinson says they  “ considered in detail the business case provided last year and whilst not against the principle of a national police air service, decided to retain the current air provision in South Yorkshire.  Legal advice has also been sought surrounding the authority’s options to challenge the... Read more

Four more AW139s for Japan, including two for Police

Four more AW139s for Japan, including two for Police

14-Feb-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the signing of contracts for four additional AW139 medium twin helicopters in Japan through its distributor Mitsui Bussan Aerospace. Two of the AW139s will be designated for the civil market and two will be operated by the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) to perform multi-role law enforcement... Read more

Broward County Sheriff orders third EC135

Broward County Sheriff orders third EC135

12-Feb-2012Source: American Eurocopter

American Eurocopter today announced the purchase of an EC135â„¢ helicopter by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) in Florida, the third EC135 in its fleet and the fourth Eurocopter aircraft overall. The BCSO helicopter is an eye in the sky for deputies on the street and a vital lifesaving tool in medical emergencies. Last year... Read more

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Exceeds 10,000 Flight Hours

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Exceeds 10,000 Flight Hours

12-Feb-2012Source: American Eurocopter

American Eurocopter today announced the Hillsborough County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) has exceeded 10,000 hours of flight time on its fleet of aircraft from American Eurocopter — three AS350 B2’s and one EC120. Since the delivery of the first AS350 in September 2002, the HCSO has utilized its fleet to answer more than 17,000 calls... Read more

LA Sheriff installs 12 Air Comm aircon systems

LA Sheriff installs 12 Air Comm aircon systems

12-Feb-2012Source: Air Comm

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Aero Bureau has completed installation of new Air Comm air conditioning systems for the Bureau’s 12 recently purchased American Eurocopter AS350B2 AStar helicopters.  The LASD selected Air Comm in a competitive bid to equip the new AStar fleet with air conditioning systems that meet the Air Bureau’s rigorous... Read more

ALEA and ALEAC to Host Accreditation Awards Ceremony at Heli-Expo 2012

ALEA and ALEAC to Host Accreditation Awards Ceremony at Heli-Expo 2012

11-Feb-2012Source: ALEA

Please join the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (ALEAC) and the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) at Heli-Expo 2012 for a special Accreditation Awards ceremony and media event honoring the first two law enforcement agencies to successfully complete the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Process. The Presidents of both the ALEAC and ALEA will present Accreditation... Read more

Robinson releases details of R66 Police variant

Robinson releases details of R66 Police variant

11-Feb-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Robinson have now put a two-page PDF format brochure of the R66 Police helicopter on their website for all to view. The details on the police role equipment (ie over and above the standard R66 spec) are listed below from that brochure The demonstrator is registered N660PD, serial 0101 Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com . FACTORY-INSTALLED... Read more

All Metal MS collaborates with Spectrolab on gimbal searchlight rack

All Metal MS collaborates with Spectrolab on gimbal searchlight rack

10-Feb-2012Source: All Metal MS

All Metal MS, a global leader in the development and manufacturing of safety first custom maintenance stands, maintenance support equipment and hangar equipment, has utilized Spectrolab, Inc. to demonstrate All Metal’s product that supports Gimbal Searchlight installation/removal and maintenance. The All Metal Gimbal Searchlight Rack is an innovative rack that allows for the easy installation, removal, storage... Read more

Kenya Police AS350B3e has fist Donaldson IBF in Africa

Kenya Police AS350B3e has fist Donaldson IBF in Africa

10-Feb-2012Source: Donaldson

The first AS350B3e in Africa is flying with the first Donaldson AS350B3e Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system on the continent. Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) delivered the advanced filtration system via Eurocopter South Africa for installation on the Kenya Police Air-Wing’s new aircraft. Donaldson’s AS350 IBF will be... Read more

EASA certifies Dart law enforcement components for AS350, B206 and B407

EASA certifies Dart law enforcement components for AS350, B206 and B407

9-Feb-2012Source: DART Helicopter Service

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announce EASA approval of Geneva’s ENG and Law Enforcement completion components for Eurocopter AS350, 355, and Bell 206A/B, 206L and 407 series aircraft. Geneva’s receipt of the EASA approvals will allow European operators to take advantage of Geneva’s many ENG and law enforcement equipment solutions. All components are... Read more

Trakka Corp unveils stabilized searchlight: Another industry first

Trakka Corp unveils stabilized searchlight: Another industry first

8-Feb-2012Source: Trakka Corp

Trakka Corp proudly announces another industry first with its stabilized searchlight for airborne applications. The Trakkabeam® A800, widely known and accepted as the superior searchlight solution for Law Enforcement, SAR, and military missions is now offered with a stabilization option. Platform stabilization greatly reduces flight crew workload by eliminating most of the attitude correction required... Read more

Westchester County PD selects Becker DVCS6100 for new Bell 407

Westchester County PD selects Becker DVCS6100 for new Bell 407

6-Feb-2012Source: Becker Avionics

Westchester County (NY) Police Department recently decided to equip their new Bell 407 patrol helicopter with the Becker Avionics Digital Voice Communication System, the DVCS6100. The aircraft currently is undergoing completion at Bell Helicopter Piney Flats, TN and will deliver in the first half of this year. Westchester County’s aircraft is the fist Bell 407... Read more

BMS and AeroComputers integrate special mission products

BMS and AeroComputers integrate special mission products

2-Feb-2012Source: Broadcast Microwave Services

Broadcast Microwave Services, Inc. (BMS) and AeroComputers Inc. recently completed an engineering effort to integrate special mission products which serve the law enforcement, public safety and government surveillance markets. BMS, a leading manufacturer of wireless video microwave communications systems for use with airborne law enforcement and public safety applications, features its Geo-Pointâ„¢ software capability used... Read more

Problems ahead for Wiltshire Police/Ambulance joint operation?

Problems ahead for Wiltshire Police/Ambulance joint operation?

31-Jan-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Wiltshire Police operate an MD902 Explorer throughout their county for law enforcement operations.  They also operate it on a contract with the Great Western Ambulance Service to make the aircraft more cost effective by virtue of more flying hours per year – it currently flies around 600 hours per year, roughly half the UK average... Read more

Meths user gets 46 months for shooting at police helicopter

Meths user gets 46 months for shooting at police helicopter

30-Jan-2012Source: Tickle The Wire

Originally indicted by a federal grand jury for firing at an in-flight police helicopter, Michael P. McMichael, of Oklahoma City, was slapped with 46 months in prison for being a habitual methamphetamine user unlawfully in possession of a firearm, the FBI announced on Wednesday. (see full story)... Read more

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