National Police Air Service (NPAS)

Benefits of Air Support


  • Skilled and experienced crews with specialist equipment providing a fast time response
  • Real time visual information and observer assessments allow incident commanders on the ground to make informed decisions
  • Enhanced safety of the public and officers
  • Improved search capabilities
  • Fewer ground resources are required
  • Offenders rarely escape custody when air support traces them
  • Production of specialist quality evidence
  • A visible and powerful deterrent ensuring communities are safe and feel safer

Although the operating costs of aircraft are significant, the availabilty of helicopters and in the future fixed wing aircraft plays a vital role in safeguarding the public and police officers.  It enhances performance and reduces overall costs of the policing response by attending critical incidents.

Typical Tasks

Searches for vulnerable people

Pursuits of vehicles

Public Order, major events, firearms, serious incident support

Observation Platform

For non-emergencies dial 101
In an emergency always dial 999