Helicopter’s 2012 haul of 136 suspects

The police helicopter crew helped to arrest 136 crime suspects in Derbyshire between January 1 and December 1 this year.

During the same period, the crew searched for 134 missing people, traced 29 stolen or suspect vehicles and airlifted four casualties to hospital.

The North Midlands Helicopter Support Unit is jointly owned by Derbyshire Constabulary and Nottinghamshire Police.

It is based at the Derbyshire police headquarters in Ripley, carrying out vital work to help officers on the ground search for suspects, find missing people and track stolen vehicles.

In Derbyshire alone, the helicopter spent 268 hours in the air during that period.

John Jameson, North Midlands Helicopter Support Unit Executive Officer, said: “The helicopter brings a dimension to policing which can’t be achieved by conventional methods.”