Statement about NPAS Use (noise response)
Chief Superintendent Tyron Joyce, Chief Operating Officer for the National Police Air Service said:
“The National Police Air Service is used by local police forces where air support will best enable the completion of tasks and keep communities safe.
“Every call for service is considered by our national control centre. Our decision to send an aircraft is made on an assessment of our ability to support the reduction of threat, harm and risk to communities by doing so.
“Our operations are strictly regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) which includes adhering to regulations about noise from our aircraft.
“Police air support is used in conjunction with other resources to support a range of policing tasks which include rapid searching of large areas for missing people, suspects or offenders. A search performed by a police helicopter is 20 times quicker than using police officers on the ground.
“In time critical searches such as that of a high risk missing person or child, the time saved in locating them can literally mean the difference between life and death.
“When searching for a robbery suspect, burglar, car thief or other suspect, the helicopter can search large areas quickly and direct ground resources accordingly. Where an offender is located by the aircraft crew, ground resources are then directed in to apprehend them.”