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Air Capability Enhances Police Operations

The NH90 and A109s are being used successfully by police across a range of activities

The RNZAF’s helicopter fleet provides an important platform for police operations, providing added capability to respond rapidly to a range of situations. This includes access to the new NH90 and A190 platforms, which are being used successfully by police across a range of activities.

Commander Operations Support Inspector Geoff Jago says both airframes have proved their worth in training exercises and deployments by specialist squads such as the Special Tactics Group and Armed Offenders Squad.

"Having access to helicopter support from the New Zealand Air Force has enabled police to provide important training to our specialist group staff, as well as the ability to respond quickly in situations where a rapid response is required, potentially anywhere in the country. The larger capacity of the NH90 also increases our ability to transport more people and equipment into these situations.

"It's thanks to the excellent working relationship that we have with the Air Force that we can call on their support at short notice when required to respond to an emergency or an evolving situation, and we are very grateful for that ongoing support."

The platforms also enhance police's capability across a number of other activities, including search and rescue, and cannabis recovery operations, Mr Jago says.

"The great thing about these operations is that they not only benefit police and the wider community, but they also provide excellent opportunities for Air Force staff and crews to test their skills and gain experience across a range of different operational taskings, and we look forward to that continuing in future."

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