National Police Air Service (NPAS)

Benefits of NPAS

Here are some of the key benefits to date of forming the National Police Air Service (NPAS), the first National Police Collaboration:

  • NPAS illustrates how the police are pro-actively moving towards a national, co-ordinated way of working and is delivered under the first national Collaboration Agreement between policing bodies in England and Wales. Through collaborative working, the police are able to provide capability from the air that maximises the delivery of frontline public services, but with a lower cost than services procured and managed on a local basis.

  • Through interoperability, cross border operations and innovate contracts, NPAS is due to save up to £15 million a year compared with previous costs of air support.

  • The benefits through working collaboratively that have been achieved to date include:
    • Cross border operating has seen a 10% reduction in the number of flying hours used by forces;
    • Financial savings of £614k achieved through establishing a single national aviation insurance policy for all aircraft;;
    • Standardisation of processes and adopting national best practice;
    • Improved resilience with provision of 3 spare aircraft during times of maintenance and large policing operations.
    • Financial savings of £300k on a national fuel contract

    • Since the launch of NPAS there have been many successful air operations including the provision of air support provided by NPAS during the 17 week trial of Dale Cregan.  The trial involved significant movement of defendants under escort and was the largest single demand for air support coverage last year, outside of the Olympics. NPAS was able to meet the requirement through the use of reserve aircraft and regional resilience which would have been very difficult to achieve without impacting normal operations pre NPAS.


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