Police helicopter gets makeover

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A police helicopter will take to the skies of the Five Towns with a new look after getting a makeover.

The West Yorkshire Police helicopter was transferred to the National Police Air Service (NPAS) last year.

Rather than being restricted to one police force, NPAS provides a national, borderless service in a bid to tackle crime from the skies.

The helicopter, which will be placed in one of 23 strategic locations across the country, has been painted in the official NPAS colours to mark the final stages of the move.

Ch Supt Ian Whitehouse, accountable manager for NPAS, said: “It’s business as usual for West Yorkshire Police and the people the force serves.

“When a helicopter is asked for we get the nearest available aircraft into the air as quickly as possible and we also continue to provide aircraft for large-scale public events.

“Painting the helicopter in the new NPAS colours simply marks the final transition of the aircraft into NPAS control.”

When all forces in England and Wales join NPAS, it will provide an air service to 98 per cent of the country’s population.