Queensland Police select operator for trial

Queensland Police select operator for trial

10-Oct-2011 Source: Gold Coast City Council

A new police eye in the sky has taken a major step forward after the successful tender for a six month police helicopter trial was announced today.

Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke said Heliwest would operate a single gas turbine Bell R206 Longranger that would provide police with aerial surveillance capabilities.

“Today’s announcement represents a major boost to policing on the Gold Coast. Other major cities around the country already have a police air wing and I am confident this Council-funded initiative will prove to the State Government that ongoing police air capability is needed,” said Cr Clarke.

“To help ensure the success of this trial, Council has worked closely with Queensland Police to make certain the helicopter meets their operational requirements.

“One available option to boost the helicopter’s operational hours is to secure an appropriate corporate sponsor and with the tender process now complete, we can start going to the market to explore this option.

“As Mayor, I am proud Council has initiated this trial on behalf of our community. Funding a trial police air wing is a first for any local government in the country and residents can look forward to seeing the helicopter in our skies from next month.”

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