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Edmonton’s new police helicopter unveiled

The Edmonton Police Service’s newest member of its flight operations unit went to work right after its unveiling ceremony Wednesday where it was made welcomed by police Chief Mike Boyd and other civic officials.

Source: Edmonton Journal, 10-Sep-09

Man Sentenced To 3 Years For Lasering Helicopter

Balltazar Valladares, 30, pleaded guilty in June to shining a high-powered green laser at a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department helicopter on March 16, 2009. The helicopter was searching for a suspect who had shined a green laser at a Southwest Airlines flight that was landing at the Sacramento International Airport two hours earlier.

Source: CBS13, 09-Sep-09

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Skyquest Aviation adds the missing piece to the HD jigsaw

Skyquest Aviation adds the missing piece to the HD jigsaw

Skyquest Aviation will unveil the first-ever production model HD (High Definition) video recorder at Helitech. Aimed firmly at the airborne surveillance sector, the world’s first lightweight HD recorder – a mere ten per cent the size and weight of the equivalent commercial device – allows a full mission’s worth of HD video to be stored… Read more »

Source: http://www.skyquest.co.uk/pressNews%20200809.htm, 09-Sep-09

Winnipeg Police Service “could have a helicopter as early as 2010”

The author of a 2002 study into a police helicopter for Winnipeg is willing to do it all over again, but this time he’d like a reply.  Kim Hards, a quality assurance manager for an Alberta helicopter company, said recently he’s willing to put together another report, but only if the Winnipeg Police Service is… Read more »

Source: Winnipeg Free Press, 08-Sep-09

Eurocopter South East Asia signs a contract with Royal Thai Police for 3 EC155s

Eurocopter South East Asia signs a contract with Royal Thai Police for 3 EC155s

Eurocopter, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer is pleased to announce the contract signature of 3 EC155 Dauphin helicopters with the Royal Thai Police (RTP) at Asian Aerospace in Hong Kong. These 3 new medium weight twin-engine helicopters will be delivered in 2011 and will be dedicated to VVIP missions.

Source: Eurocopter, 08-Sep-09

China training more police officers as helicopter pilots

Thirteen public security officers have entered a training camp at the Tianjin-based Civil Aviation University of China to learn to fly helicopters.

Source: Xinhua, 08-Sep-09

Fairfax Helicopter Crew Wins National Award

The video from the Superbowl pursuit helped prosecute the two thieves and break up a construction theft ring. A catch that won the helicopter crew third place from the 2009 FLIR Vision Awards. FLIR is a company that makes infrared cameras.

Source: WUSA, 04-Sep-09

Corona to sell Police Bell 407 after recession grounding in 2008

Corona 1, the Corona Police Department crime-fighting helicopter, has a price of $900,000 after City Council members voted unanimously to sell it at their council meeting Wednesday. The city had paid about $950,000 for it in 2002, according to a city staff report.

Source: Press Enterprise, 04-Sep-09

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L-3 Wescam to exhibit new MX-10 EO/IR imaging turret at Helitech 2009

L-3 WESCAM announced that its MX-10 EO/IR turret will be on display at Chalet 10 at the Helitech tradeshow in Cambridge, U.K. In addition, L-3 will offer live demonstrations of the newly released turret.

Source: L-3 Wescam, 03-Sep-09

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Appeals court: Police helicopter that spotted pot not flying legal

Because the helicopter was in the airspace without permission from air traffic control, the search of the property during which marijuana was found inside and outside the house was warrantless and forbidden by the Fourth Amendment

Source: Dayton Daily News, 02-Sep-09

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Helicopter issues, park ordinances on Tuesday board agenda in Lake County, California

A continuing discussion on the sheriff’s use of helicopters under a federal grant and new proposed ordinances for county parks will be on the Tuesday Board of Supervisors agenda.

Source: Lake County News, 01-Sep-09

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Police Service of Northern Ireland hire in second helicopter

The PSNI has hired a second helicopter to help in the fight against dissident republicans who set up an illegal checkpoint in south Armagh last weekend.

Source: Belfast Telegraph, 01-Sep-09

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Police Aviation News – September 2009 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Sep-09

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Korea National Police Agency Order An AW119Ke

AgustaWestland and UI International (UII) are pleased to announce they have been awarded a contract by the Korean Public Procurement Services to supply the Korea National Police Agency (KNPA) with one AW119Ke law enforcement helicopter as part of an on-going programme to modernise the Police helicopter fleet

Source: AgustaWestland, 28-Aug-09

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McLennan County leaders to decide fate of Sheriff’s helicopter

A dispute about whether spend $85,000 overhauling the engine of a law enforcement helicopter that McLennan County got for free could leave the chopper grounded

Source: Houston Chronicle, 28-Aug-09

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Omaha Police Dept helicopter unit reprieved to end of year at least

Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle decided Thursday against grounding the city’s police helicopters, instead signing off on cuts elsewhere in the Police Department’s budget.

Source: Omaha World-Herald, 28-Aug-09

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6 month suspended sentence for woman who shone laser pen at Surrey Police helicopter

A WOMAN who shone a laser pen into the cockpit of the Surrey Police helicopter as it flew 1,000ft in the air above Staines has been handed a six-month suspended jail sentence. The court heard that the police helicopter was responding to a call-out in the Staines area just before midnight on August 10 when… Read more »

Source: Get Surrey, 27-Aug-09

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FLIR opens calibration service for infrared cameras in Melbourne

FLIR says owners of its infrared cameras can have their cameras re-calibrated annually at the new FLIR Systems service laboratory in Melbourne.

Source: Factory Maintenance, 24-Aug-09

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Princess Anne helicopter donated to Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Police Department is just starting up its new division, and expects to have the helicopter reconditioned and flying by the end of the year

Source: DelMarva Now, 20-Aug-09

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Aero Dynamix Completes NVG Lighting Modifications for Lake County Sheriff

Aero Dynamix, Inc. (ADI) is pleased to announce that it has just completed the Night Vision Lighting modification for the Lake County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit. This completion was performed at American Eurocopter (AEC) in Grand Prairie, TX.

Source: Vertical, 20-Aug-09

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American Eurocopter Delivers EC120 to Lake County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit

The Lake County Sheriff Department’s Aviation Unit was started in 1979 and it is responsible for airborne law enforcement support missions throughout Lake County, Indiana, and surrounding areas. Since the start, the unit has utilized a variety of aircraft including military surplus models.

Source: American Eurocopter, 18-Aug-09

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Royal Cayman Islands Police Service to finally receive EC135 in September

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) will be receiving a much-needed boost in the form of its long-awaited helicopter. The twin-engine Eurocopter model EC135-T1 police helicopter is scheduled to arrive on the Islands next month and will serve to bolster the work of the RCIPS.

Source: Cayman Net News, 15-Aug-09

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Helicopters becoming easy way to smuggle drugs

Colin Martin was on bail, appealing his sentence for leading a U.S.-Canada drug conspiracy involving aircraft. But he was still able to obtain three helicopters, two of which ended up being flown by drug smugglers.

Source: KVAL, 14-Aug-09

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Topeka Police Chief Makes Case for Reinstating Helicopter Unit

Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller spent hours Monday with media and community leaders talking about Topeka’s need for a helicopter unit. He met with members of the media for nearly three hours where he discussed all aspects of the unit.

Source: WIBW, 14-Aug-09

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Profile: Durham Regional Police Service “Air 1” unit

Source: News Durham Region, 13-Aug-09

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Lawsuit by LAPD helicopter pilot goes to jury

Source: LA Daily News, 11-Aug-09

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Omaha Mayor Proposes Budget Cuts That Would Halt Police Helicopter Use

Source: Nebraska State Paper, 11-Aug-09

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Dallas Police Helicopter Unit looks back over four decades

Source: Dallas News, 10-Aug-09

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Maryland State Police unit awarded ‘rescue of the year’ for lifesaving mission with the AS365 Dauphin

A Maryland State Police Aviation Command crew has been honored for a daring December 2008 rescue which utilized American Eurocopter’s Dauphin AS365 when a broken water main left several vehicles trapped in three-to-four feet of swiftly-flowing water.

Source: American Eurocopter, 07-Aug-09

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Police Aviation News – August 2009 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Aug-09

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Cayman Islands Police EC135 controversy rumbles on

Governor Stuart Jack asked the Auditor General Dan Duguay in September to undertake an investigation into the purchase of the helicopter. Mr. Duguay found that there was no clear documentation of what the required operational capabilities of the helicopter should be, and limited communication between the police and the Civil Aviation Authority about the helicopter.

Source: Cay Compass, 31-Jul-09

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Texas DPS Air Crews Honored For Saving Missing 2 Year-Old

Source: KOSA, 31-Jul-09

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Calgary police helicopter gets award from ALEA

Source: AM770, 31-Jul-09

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Trinidad and Tobago Orders Four AW139 Helicopters

Trinidad and Tobago Orders Four AW139 Helicopters

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the government of Trinidad and Tobago has signed a contract to purchase four AW139 medium twin turbine helicopters. Trinidad and Tobago’s Air Guard (TTAG) will establish a dedicated unit to use these helicopters for search and rescue, surface surveillance, law enforcement, drug interdiction and disaster relief… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 31-Jul-09

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Profile: ABC-7 rides with National Guard patrolling border

Source: KVIA, 30-Jul-09

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Pennsylvania man aimed laser at police helicopter

Source: Philly.com, 30-Jul-09

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Roscoe Police Department Adds Second Helicopter To Fleet

Source: WIFR, 29-Jul-09

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Belarus Border Guard adds Eurocopter AS355NP

Source: ByAvia, 29-Jul-09

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Enchantment Helicopters Helps New Mexico Police

Source: Vertical, 26-Jul-09

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Icelandic Police enforcing traffic violations with Coast Guard helicopter

Source: IceNews, 26-Jul-09

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Rebtech to raffle NVG cockpit light at ALEA conference

Source: ALEA, 24-Jul-09

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Topeka City Council hears testimony for new police helicopter

Source: KSNT, 22-Jul-09

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Japan’s National Police Agency Selects S-92 for Special Ops

Source: Sikorsky, 22-Jul-09

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Profile: San Diego Police Dept ABLE unit

Source: Vertical, 22-Jul-09

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17-year old arrested after shining laser at South & East Wales Police EC135

Source: Campaign, 22-Jul-09

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Phoenix Police selects Becker Avionics Digital Intercom and Audio Selector Panel for AS350B3

Source: Rotorhub, 22-Jul-09

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Suffolk Police take delivery of new EC135P2+

Suffolk Police take delivery of new EC135P2+

The force took delivery of a new state-of-the-art £4.6 million helicopter on Monday which will help tackle crime and help in the hunt for missing people.  “The helicopter plays a crucial role in helping to make Suffolk an even safer place to live, work and visit,” said Chief Constable Simon Ash.

Source: http://www.newmarketjournal.co.uk/news/Suffolk-Police39s-new-39eye-in.5479298.jp, 22-Jul-09

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First two new Dutch Police helicopters landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport today

First two new Dutch Police helicopters landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport today

  The first two new EC135s from a total order for eight landed at Schiphol-Oost this afternoon.

Source: Haarlems Dagblad, 21-Jul-09

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Surrey Police helicopter moves to new base outside the county

Source: GetSurrey, 21-Jul-09

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Dakota Air Parts to attend the ALEA Conference and Exposition

Source: Rotorhub, 21-Jul-09

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Metro Aviation to exhibit at the annual ALEA Conference

Source: Vertical, 21-Jul-09

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Dakota Air Parts continues support of aircraft law enforcement

Source: Vertical, 20-Jul-09

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Mexican Public Security Secretariat to buy four Black Hawks

Source: El Sol de Cuautla, 20-Jul-09

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Osceola County Sheriff Department Equips Second OH-58 With Sagem ICDS

Source: http://www.rotor.com/Default.aspx?tabid=510&newsid905=61832, 20-Jul-09

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New heliport in operation as Columbus Police defend its cost and size

Source: Columbus Dispatch, 20-Jul-09

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West Australia Police sell land to fund second helicopter

Source: Perth Now, 20-Jul-09

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Vislink’s LE&PS business unit provides security framework for 2010 World Cup

Source: Rotorhub, 17-Jul-09

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Laser shone at South Wales police helicopter – two arrests

Source: News Wales, 17-Jul-09

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South Yorkshire Police mark six years of air operations

Source: Dinnington Today, 16-Jul-09

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SkyTrac Systems to Exhibit at ALEA 2009 in Savannah Georgia

Source: SkyTrac Systems, 16-Jul-09

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FLIR Introduces Revolutionary H-Series Handheld Law Enforcement Thermal Imager

Source: FLIR, 15-Jul-09

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US Bureau of Justice Statistics releases 2007 survey on Law Enforcement Aviation Units

US Bureau of Justice Statistics releases 2007 survey on Law Enforcement Aviation Units

Examines the specialized airborne police units that operate fixed-wing planes or helicopters in large state and local law enforcement agencies. Topics include the types and characteristics of aircraft operated by law enforcement aviation units, the functions performed by these units, and the personnel and monetary resources assigned to the units.

Source: US DOJ, 10-Jul-09

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Allen County Sheriff in Ohio, puts helicopter up for sale

Source: WFIN, 09-Jul-09

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CHP and hospital helicopters overcome communication problem

Source: Record Searchlight, 07-Jul-09

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Helicopters can’t monitor Mumbai traffic, Mr Home Minister

Source: Mid-Day, 06-Jul-09

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Trakka and Fairfax County Police Complete Two Years With New Airborne HISL and EO/IR Sensor

Source: Vertical, 06-Jul-09

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U.S. to lease coast surveillance helicopters to India

Source: Xinhua, 06-Jul-09

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Brazilian Military Police to purchase four Eurocopter AS350s

Source: Desastres Aereos News, 01-Jul-09

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Police Aviation News – July 2009 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Jul-09

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Brunswick County Sheriff helicopter squad seeks volunteer adviser

Source: Star News Online, 01-Jul-09

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City of San Bernardino police helicopter grounded by budget cuts

Source: Press-Enterprise, 30-Jun-09

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Maharashtra Minister suggests helicopter for Mumbai police

Source: http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200906221332.htm, 30-Jun-09

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PAvCon, a Police Aviation Conference is to be held in the week prior to Helitech 2009

Source: ALEA, 29-Jun-09

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Texas Dept of Public Safety Helicopter Planned for Gregg County

Source: KYTX-CBS19, 26-Jun-09

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Budget Crunch Grounding Oakland Police Helicopter

Source: CBS5, 26-Jun-09

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