Police apologise to local residents for DARING to use a Police Helicopter at night in the fight against crime.
Monday 30th July | by Cop(ex) | @ES_Humour
Police helicopters covering Yorkshire’s airspace rattled neighbours as their crews undertook crime fighting/detection sorties several times over a 7 day period.
However, in a rare move, the National Police Air Service apologised to residents for the noise, even though on one of the sorties the air crews were looking for two burglary suspects.
In a tweet, the West Yorkshire Police Contact Centre said:
“We’ve received a number of calls this evening regarding @NPASCarrGate being airborne.
“The helicopter is a valuable resource that we use in considered circumstances.
“Apologies if it’s waking you up but it is necessary to fight & reduce crime in your area”.
The NPAS also tweeted to apologise for operating at a lower height than usual, citing the fact that Air Traffic Control (ATC) around Leeds Bradford Airport had required them to do so.
People may not realise that even Police Helicopters must adhere to civilian ATC so the Police air crews would have had no choice other than to fly at a lower altitude.
“We sincerely apologise to anyone who heard us for the last few hours, we had to fly at that level because of air traffic going into Leeds Bradford Airport
“We don’t mean to be so loud and we are currently looking to purchase a silencer for the aircraft. Sorry again!”
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We have no doubt that some people might actually think that:
A) the Police choppers should not operate at night
B) that Police choppers should actually be fitted with silencers.
However, as far as I am aware, the only helicopters which are ‘quieter’ than those used by the NPAS are the ones which are utilised by the US Special Forces – and I doubt our Government would be willing to pay the money needed for them.
Surely the residents affected by the noise of the helicopters should be aiming their frustration at CRIMINALS rather than at the Police!?
If there was no crime then there would be no need for the Police to even have to use helicopters!?
What do people expect the Police to do, when searching for serious criminals hell-bent on escaping the long thin arm of the law?
During my time in the Met Police, the ‘Air Support Unit’ (as it was called then) helped to not only catch serious criminals, but it also helped to locate missing children.
I think, as I am sure most other decent people will agree, that losing a few minutes sleep is a small price to pay in order to get people off of the streets who are willing to break into your house in the dead of night.
I just wish that people would keep things in perspective and stop whinging at the Cops when they do their job.
You either want the Police to fight crime, or you don’t.
And, of course, we all know that if it was the house of the ‘complainers’ that was broken into, then they would demand that all 15 Police helicopters, which are based all around the country, get vectored onto their location in order to look for the suspects.
A sad case of double standards? Maybe…
I predict that, based on current plans being drawn up by various unmanned aerial vehicle companies, Police helicopters will soon be consigned to the history books anyway!
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