NSW police aviation branch’s largest after trio of latest aircraft makes debut

The NSW Police Force Aviation Support Branch is now the largest in Australia, after its new aircraft were unveiled.

Story appeared in: Torch | April 10th, 2018

THREE state-of-the-art aircraft have been unveiled at Bankstown Airport in the latest additions to the NSW Police Force Aviation Support Branch, making it the largest in Australia.
NSW Police Force Commissioner Mick Fuller, opened the hangar door revealing PolAir 2, PolAir 6 and PolAir 8 in the commissioning ceremony on Tuesday.
PolAir 2, a twin-engine helicopter, featuring advanced 'auto hover' autopilot technology, will assist NSW Police with winch rescues, particularly near cliffs or over water.
Both PolAir 6 and 8 are turboprop Cessna fixed wing aircraft with a cruise speed of more than 340kmh and a range of over 1400kms.
The Commissioner was joined by Governor of NSW, David Hurley, and Minister for Police, Troy Grant, to commission the aircraft into operation.
Commissioner Fuller said the aircraft strengthened the Force's ability to respond to, target, disrupt and prevent crime.
"The addition of these aircraft ensures the NSW Police Force remains at the forefront of aerial law enforcement, while continuing to provide support to police and communities right across the state," Commissioner Fuller said.
Mr Grant says that covering a vast area of more than 800,000 square kilometres, it is critical the branch is equipped with the best resources and most modern aircraft possible.
The PolAir fleet has conducted 592 search and rescue operations, 316 missing persons searches and 44 specialist transport operations since July 2016.

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