Authority agrees ‘in principle’ to change police helicopter service

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SUSSEX Police Authority has agreed ‘in principle’ to support the introduction of the National Police Air Support (NPAS) in Sussex.

The plans would see Sussex move from being served by the two aircraft from the South East Air Support Unit (SEASU) to 20 aircraft based across the whole country without borders.

Members agreed to this recommendation at a meeting on Thursday October 13, but with some caveats attached.

County councillor Steve Waight (Con, Goring), chairman of the Police Authority, said: “Although we broadly support these proposals the authority has been very clear that it will not do so if there is any reduction in coverage to air support in Sussex.

“In order for the authority to consider whether the NPAS proposal provides value for money for the people of Sussex we will need to consider detailed information and be satisfied that there is no significant reduction in the current level of response times and aircraft coverage to be provided by NPAS.

“The authority will continue to look at these proposals in great detail and any further decisions will come before the full Authority in due course.”