Helicopter’s success rate

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The police helicopter crew helped to find 214 crime suspects in Derbyshire between January 1 and December 1 last year.

In C Division – which covers Chesterfield and Amber Valley - it flew 121 operational hours and attended 444 tasks, leading to 45 direct arrests and 21 assisted arrests. It helped locate 12 vulnerable and missing people and 14 missing vehicles. The North Midlands Helicopter Support Unit is jointly owned by Derbyshire Constabulary and Nottinghamshire Police and is based at police headquarters in Ripley.

John Jameson, Helicopter Support Unit Executive Officer, said: “In April, we will see the creation of a national police air service. The police helicopter will continue to operate from Ripley and a relief helicopter will be available when the regular aircraft is off-line. With economies of scale that such a service will bring and with the nearest helicopter attending any incident, Derbyshire should see an even more effective service at a reduced cost.”