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Police Loses Fight To Keep Its Helicopter

Wednesday April 24 2013

Police's helicopter Police's helicopter

THE police has lost the fight to keep its own helicopter - after the government ordered forces to share choppers.

The South Yorkshire force was the only one to formally object to the new National Police Air Service when proposals were announced last year. It raised concerns the new service wouldn't provide sufficient cover.

The new arrangement, which will see a Sheffield-based aircraft operate ten hours a day, is thought to be saving £15million a year.

It now means incidents in South Yorkshire requiring a helicopter will either be attended by the Sheffield chopper or others from West Yorkshire, Humberside and Derbyshire.

Police officials say despite initial concerns, the region will still have a 24-hour service with a response time of 20 minutes.

The police and crime commissioner, Shaun Wright, said he fought hard to maintain air support based in South Yorkshire to protect response times.

"We have been successful, as we retain an airbase in Sheffield," he said.

"The decision to move to the National Police Air Service was one that I opposed, but this was a national mandate."

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Reply Posted by Robert on Wednesday April 24 2013 at 11:25
I'll bet the thieves are belly laughing at this... More taxes for less! I'll bet they don't touch the helicopters in London... or Cameron's plot... What exactly is Clegg doing about all this? He is a disgrace to South Yorkshire.

Reply Posted by Terry on Wednesday April 24 2013 at 13:47
Well nothing new here then and as far as I can see it sounds about right the Government really don't give two hoots about it.

Reply Posted by Brian on Wednesday April 24 2013 at 22:56
Irrespective of what the overpaid and unwanted Crime Commissioner says, it is worth remembering that last week the Chief Constable of SY Police said that the new arrangements suited South Yorkshire much better as the national service gave us better coverage of time. I think he also said that the South Yorkshire helicopter had not been in the air for the last six weeks as it was undergoing a period of maintenance. He also said that the new arrangements were also being provided at a much lower cost than previously.

Reply Posted by Ha ha on Monday April 29 2013 at 09:28
How can it come at lower cost if its coming from further a field and also it will have less flying time when it gets to the incident.

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