Considered a patrol car in the sky, the EPS Flight Operations Unit can dart across Edmonton in seconds offering their partners on the ground police back-up.
The flight crew safeguards both ground officers and the public by safely managing pursuits and assisting police members with high-risk vehicle stops or incidents. Their involvement increases the likelihood of capturing and apprehending suspects.
EPS helicopters, equipped with a forward-looking, infra-red camera, allow crew members to search the ground for suspects, vehicles or evidence, and relays timely information to the officers below.
Air 1 responds to approximately 3,000 calls annually, including calls to assist Edmonton Fire Rescue and the RCMP as well. With the new helicopter’s strength, speed and endurance, Air 1 can be the first on scene, remain on scene longer, and its technology can help coordinate EPS, Fire Rescue, and EMS resources on the ground more effectively.
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