Police chopper aided arrests

The police helicopter crew helped to arrest 127 crime suspects in Derbyshire between January 1 and October 1, 2013.

During the same period, the crews helped to locate 12 vulnerable missing people, airlifted three casualties to hospital and spent a total of 232 hours in the air dealing with incidents across the county.

Seventy-four suspects were detained as a direct result of the helicopter’s attendance, and a further 53 were located with the aircraft’s assistance.

Derbyshire Constabulary joined the central region of the National Police Air Service (NPAS) on October 2.

Prior to that it was the North Midlands Helicopter Support Unit and was jointly owned by Derbyshire Constabulary and Nottinghamshire Police.

John Jameson, Central Region Manager, said: “The helicopter brings a dimension to policing which can’t be achieved by conventional methods.

“Thanks to the crews, many suspects were apprehended who may have evaded capture if the helicopter had not attended an incident.

“Since the force joined NPAS at the start of October the helicopter continues to operate from Ripley and a relief helicopter is available when our aircraft is out of service.

“Derbyshire now has an even more effective service at a reduced cost.”