National Police Air Service (NPAS)

NPAS publishes Annual Report 2014/15

Monday 28th September 2015

The National Police Air Service has today (Monday 28th September) issued its latest Annual Report by the Accountable Manager, Ch. Supt Ian Whitehouse.  The report documents the progress made by the organisation over the last twelve months. 

Notable successes include:

  • The reduction in the total cost of air support from £71m annual revenue and capital cost to £58m, a saving of £13m or 19%.
  • The development of two new bases and a further six forces joining the NPAS collaboration
  • An excellent review by the Civil Aviation Authority with particular emphasis on how NPAS demonstrates effective safety management
  • Receiving the Insurance Risk Award  from the Public Risk Management Association ‘in recognition of its innovation and excellence’
  • The development of a new and equitable funding model, due to be introduced in the 16/17 fiscal period.
  • The continued use of innovation such as the agreement to introduce fixed wing aircraft and the ground breaking mission system upgrade of seven aircraft within the NPAS fleet.

 The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police said of the report:

 “The last 12 months has seen significant progress in the delivery of the NPAS Programme of Change. This has not always been an easy journey; however with support from the Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners of England and Wales we are close to achieving a truly borderless service that is based on the reduction of threat, risk and harm to local communities.  We are convinced that this progress will assist Chief Officers and Police and Crime Commissioners to manage the challenges faced by the police service over the coming months and years.  I take great pleasure in endorsing the Accountable Manager’s annual report as collectively, we have a great deal to celebrate.”

 The Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, who chairs the NPAS National Strategic Board, said:

 “This report demonstrates that it makes financial and operational sense to have all police air support and everything associated with it under one organisation and NPAS will be the first truly national collaboration of the 43 Home Office forces in England and Wales once the final forces have come on board. 

“My office is the Lead Local Policing Body for NPAS and the service brings together the strategic policing function of air support, at the same time retaining local delivery which is underpinned by the resilience and economies of scale that can be delivered by a national organisation.

“Its primary objective is to deliver a national service that provides the police with the air support they require to deliver frontline public services. 

 “NPAS continues to go from strength to strength and the recent milestones, such as the Metropolitan Police Service joining and the awarding of a contract to introduce fixed wing all weather capable aircraft into the fleet, clearly illustrates this.

"This addition to the fleet will contribute towards 14% budget savings to the public purse annually and provide a more effective and efficient air service to communities across West Yorkshire and the rest of the country."

Click here to read the Annual Report 2014/ 2015.

Click here to access all of NPAS's Annual Reports.

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