Minister announces plans for a National Police Air Service
The policing minister, Nick Herbert has announced plans to make an order requiring the police service and police authorities to collaborate in the provision of a national air service
ACPO National Police Air Service lead, Chief Constable Alex Marshall.
"The Policing Minister's intentions to make an order requiring the police service to collaborate in the provision of air service supports the National Police Air Service (NPAS) proposals for a truly national, borderless service. The service will ensure effective coverage of urban and rural areas as well as bringing improvements in operational efficiencies and innovative contracts. The NPAS proposal has been widely supported by Chief Constables and police authorities and the project team and I will continue to work with forces and authorities to develop the national service, with the priority being a strong operational service and effective coverage delivered in the most cost effective way."
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