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Phoenix Police Air Support Unit adds another AS350B3

Members of the Phoenix Police Air Support Unit were at the American Eurocopter Delivery Center in Grand Prairie to pick up another AS350B3 “AStar” helicopter. It is the fourth AS350 for the unit and it will join a diverse fleet covering the Phoenix area.

Source: American Eurocopter, 28-Oct-09

Aspen Avionics Announces First Helicopter Installation

Aspen Avionics Announces First Helicopter Installation

Aspen Avionics announced today that the Dale County Sheriff’s Office located in Ozark, Alabama, is the first installation of an EFD1000H Pro Primary Flight Display (PFD) and an EFD1000H Multi-Function Display (MFD) into an operational helicopter. The Bell OH-58 helicopter is used by the department in regular airborne law enforcement activities.

Source: Aspen Avionics, 28-Oct-09

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Sacramento Police add helicopter tracking page to website

Sacramento Police add helicopter tracking page to website

The Sacramento Police Department has added some features at www.sacpd.org to help you find out what the police are doing.  With the addition of daily logs, helicopter location information, Facebook, and twitter we hope to keep the community more informed.

Source: Sacramento Police, 28-Oct-09

Uttar Pradesh Police set to buy Dhruv

With growing incident of naxal violence in the nearby states of Jharkhand and Chattisgarh, the Uttar Pradesh Police has made elaborate security arrangements and would purchase a sophisticated helicopter to deal with the possibility of attacks by rebels

Source: Central Chronicle, 27-Oct-09

Laser-shining teen faces police helicopter crew under restorative justice programme

A teenager who endangered the lives of a police helicopter crew by shining a laser pen at the aircraft has apologised in person to them.

Source: BBC, 27-Oct-09

L-3 EOS Announces Grant Assistance Program

L-3 Electro-Optical Systems (L-3 EOS), a division of L-3 Communications, announced today the launch of its new Grant Assistance Program. The company has contracted one of the industry’s most recognized Senior Certified Grants Specialist, Margaret Stark to provide this service.

Source: L-3 Electro-Optical Systems, 22-Oct-09

Maryland State Police tender rigged in favour of AgustaWestland, says Eurocopter

Maryland State Police tender rigged in favour of AgustaWestland, says Eurocopter

Eurocopter, the manufacturer of the current Maryland State Police fleet, filed a formal protest and is not making an offer to replace the aging helicopters. The company alleges that the state’s specifications for new aircraft are skewed in favor of AgustaWestland.In a letter to Gov. Martin O’Malley and to the state Department of Transportation, the… Read more »

Source: WBAL, 16-Oct-09

Montgomery County Council members want drug fund spent on treatment, not helicopters

Montgomery County Council members want money seized from drug dealers to be spent treating drug addicts instead of a new police helicopter program proposed by County Executive Ike Leggett.

Source: Washington Examiner, 15-Oct-09

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Monterey County says no to sheriff helicopter funding

Monterey County says no to sheriff helicopter funding

A bid by Sheriff Mike Kanalakis to get the county to underwrite the purchase of a law enforcement helicopter was grounded Tuesday. Kanalakis was hoping the Board of Supervisors would agree to guarantee about $660,000 in backup funding for a used Robinson R-44 helicopter if a hoped-for federal Homeland Security grant for the purchase doesn’t… Read more »

Source: Monterey Herald, 15-Oct-09

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Dutch Police take delivery of first AW139

The first of two AW139s for the Dutch Police has arrived in country.

Source: Luchtvaartnieuws, 15-Oct-09

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Cayman Islands Police EC135 postponed again to January 2010

The much–delayed arrival of the police helicopter is now slated for January, the government’s Finance Committee heard on Friday.  Deputy Police Commissioner Anthony Ennis told the committee that the helicopter was expected to arrive sometime in January, 2010.

Source: Cay Compass, 14-Oct-09

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Laser Pointed At Chopper Near Ohio State Campus

Columbus police pilot Lt. Mike Elkins said his unit has gone years without a laser targeting one of its choppers, but last night was the third time it has happened in less than a month,

Source: 10TV, 14-Oct-09

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Trial begins in helicopter pilot’s sex bias suit against State Police

The first female helicopter pilot in the Massachusetts State Police has testified that the commander of the prestigious Air Wing unit retaliated against her because she rejected his sexual advances.

Source: Boston Globe, 14-Oct-09

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Monterey County sheriff’s helicopter may make comeback

The move comes just nine months after the board killed the program because of budget problems, and as Sheriff Mike Kanalakis’ challenger for re-election seeks to make it a campaign issue.

Source: The Californian, 11-Oct-09

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Black Eagle 50 unmanned helicopter to be displayed in Army & Police Exhibition in Tel Aviv

Developed by Steadicopter, the Black Eagle 50 mini rotary UAV is just over two meters long and can carry a minimal payload of 3 kg. The unmanned helicopter can stay in the air for up to three hours and reach altitudes of 9,000 feet. It can transmit footage back to a command center from distances… Read more »

Source: Jerusalem Post, 11-Oct-09

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Six month jail term for teenager who aimed laser at police helicopter

Newcastle Crown Court heard that the police aircraft, code-named India 99, was passing over Wessington Way in Sunderland on May 10, and had been summoned to provide light for the emergency services rescuing two stranded climbers, when it was targeted.

Source: Shiells Gazette, 11-Oct-09

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Merseyside Police helicopter attacked on British military base

Just before 10.30pm several men gained entry to the military base where the Force helicopter is stored and damaged the aircraft.  A high speed police chase ensued from Southport to Liverpool city centre as a silver Audi A4 with blacked out windows was seen travelling at high speed along Formby Bypass with a number of… Read more »

Source: Formby Times, 11-Oct-09

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Mesa Police buy 11-year old 500E despite production line in town

With prices for new helicopters too expensive, particularly given the city’s fiscal constraints, the City Council this week approved purchase of a 1998 model MD500E, a general purpose utility and executive transport helicopter that has been widely popular with law enforcement agencies.

Source: AZ Central, 11-Oct-09

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Arkansas allocates $3.5M for a new State Police helicopter

The state has announced $9.6 million in federal stimulus money will go to state and local law enforcement needs, including $3.5 million for a new State Police helicopter with a hoist to use in rescue efforts in remote areas.

Source: Arkansas Times, 09-Oct-09

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Westchester County Aviation Unit keeps busy

Westchester residence can feel safer now that there are two helicopters patrolling the skies.  The criminals may out run our ground police, but they can never out run the Westchester County Aviation Unit.

Source: Examiner.com, 06-Oct-09

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American Eurocopter Donates $10,000 to Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission

During the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) convention in Denver, Colorado, today, American Eurocopter donated $10,000 to the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (ALEAC).

Source: American Eurocopter, 06-Oct-09

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Twin-engine safety rules will ground three NSW police helicopters

New Civil Aviation Safety Authority requirements that will make it mandatory for police helicopters to have two engines

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 05-Oct-09

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Trooper 6 Medevac Helicopter To Relocate From Centreville To Easton

Trooper 6 Medevac Helicopter To Relocate From Centreville To Easton

The Maryland State Police Trooper 6 medevac helicopter is relocating from Centreville to a hangar at the Easton Airport.

Source: WJZ, 02-Oct-09

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Brunswick commissioner regrets Sheriff helicopter acquisition

Brunswick’s County new helicopter is a liability and will cost more in the long run than using a shared helicopter with Wilmington, the vice chairman of the board of commissioners said Wednesday.

Source: Star News, 01-Oct-09

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Police Aviation News – October 2009 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Oct-09

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Jackson Police announces new Sergeant of their Aviation Unit

The Jackson Police Department announced the promotion of a 20-year veteran officer

Source: WBBJ, 01-Oct-09

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Pratt & Whitney Canada Signs Fleet Management Program With Netherlands Police Agency

Pratt & Whitney Canada Signs Fleet Management Program With Netherlands Police Agency

Pratt & Whitney Canada Customer Service Centre Europe has signed a new 10-year Fleet Management Program agreement with the Netherlands Police Agency to provide comprehensive maintenance support for P&WC engines installed on its fleet of Eurocopter EC135 and AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters.

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 30-Sep-09

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Eurocopter keeps on expanding in the United Kingdom

Eurocopter keeps on expanding in the United Kingdom

The company exhibits the EC135 “L’Hélicoptère par Hermès” as centre piece, as well as a large array of eight state-of-the-art helicopters: a London “Met” EC145, an EC135 by Suffolk Police, the UK’s first helicopter – an EC135 – dedicated to offshore wind farm maintenance, a utility AS355 NP used by National Grid for powerline inspections,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 24-Sep-09

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West Midlands Police orders new EC135 to replace arson casualty airframe

Eurocopter UK announces the order for a new EC135 for West Midlands Police Air Support Unit. On top, Eurocopter will provide a fully equipped EC135 police helicopter to take over the duties of the West Midlands EC135 destroyed by fire in a recent arson attack until the new aircraft will be delivered in summer 2010.

Source: Eurocopter, 24-Sep-09

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Helitech: Police helicopters take the stage

The future of UK’s Police Helicopters has taken centre stage at this year’s Helitech.

Source: Rotorhub, 23-Sep-09

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South Africa adds five more FMS Moving Maps to their Police fleet

South Africa adds five more FMS Moving Maps to their Police fleet

Flight Management Systems of Calgary, Canada has announced that Carl Zeiss Optronics (PTY) has received 5 FMS Moving Map integration kits intended for the South African Police Service BO-105 helicopters and Pilatus PC-6 fixed wing aircraft. This brings the total number of FMS Moving Map systems flying with the SAPS, to eleven.

Source: Vertical, 23-Sep-09

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Avalex Technologies Sees Growth in European Law Enforcement Market

Avalex Technologies Sees Growth in European Law Enforcement Market

Avalex Technologies is teaming with the United Kingdom’s Police Aviation Services to ensure its airborne teams of pilots and engineers have the most rugged, reliable and easy-to-use technologies on the market.

Source: RotorNews, 23-Sep-09

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70% of Russia to have police aviation cover within 5 years

70% of the territory of Russia will be reached after 5 years of aviation detachments of police, said today the Minister of Interior Rashid Nurgaliyev transmit “Vesti”.

Source: Aviaport, 23-Sep-09

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MD Helicopters Delivers an MD500E® to Columbus, Ohio Police Unit

MD Helicopters held a special delivery ceremony at its Mesa, Arizona completion facility on August 31 to tender the keys to a brand new MD 500E Helicopter to the City of Columbus Police Department.

Source: Vertical, 22-Sep-09

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Paraguay Police order three helicopters, hopes for two more

Interior Minister Rafael Filizzola said during a news conference that the helicopters will be used primarily to support the work of ground staff, especially in cases of persecution, impenetrable fly zones and to conduct rescue work.

Source: Ultima Hora, 22-Sep-09

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Sheriff’s helicopter ready for missions in Brunswick County

Two months later than expected, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office’s Bell OH-58 series helicopter – called “Brunswick Air One” – is now available.

Source: Star News, 18-Sep-09

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Tulare Police to get helicopter support

With the approval by the Tulare City Council, the city’s Police Department entered into an agreement with Blue Sky Aviation for helicopter support. Six other departments in the county joined the agreement.

Source: Visalia Times Delta, 18-Sep-09

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Kenya Police Air Wing stops flights after crash

The Kenya Police Air Wing has halted all training for new pilots after Monday night’s accident involving an instructor and his student in Nairobi.  Consequently, and because of the shortage of staff in the department, this means the force will now have to rely on the military to airlift its officers until a solution is… Read more »

Source: Daily Nation, 18-Sep-09

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Turkish Police MD600N

Turkish Police MD600N

Source: Airliners.net, 17-Sep-09

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Japan National Police Agency Orders a AW139 to replace AS332L1

Japan National Police Agency Orders a AW139 to replace AS332L1

AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce that the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) has ordered another medium lift AW139 helicopter to replace the Chiba prefecture’s AS332L1 helicopter.

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Sep-09

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Mauritius Police’s new Dhruv arrives from India

Dhruv will be responsible for rescue operations and surveillance of our Exclusive Economic Zone. It can also be transformed by ambulance to transport the injured in case of extreme emergency.

Source: L'Express, 11-Sep-09

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Bayern Police to sell nine EC135P2 helicopters – eight new P2+ models pending delivery

The Bavarian Police will auction nine used Police Helicopter Type EC 135 P 2 within the time period January 2010 to July 2010.

Source: Bayern Police, 11-Sep-09

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A world first – Skyquest’s PC in a display

A world first – Skyquest’s PC in a display

Skyquest Aviation is using Helitech to launch two revolutionary smart displays that, for the first time, will allow customers to run their own software applications on an embedded fan-less PC.

Source: Skyquest Aviation, 10-Sep-09

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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