The spokeswoman adds, “Details of the sale had never been discussed nor has the impact of its loss been subject of any input by the RCIPS. We are seeking urgent clarification from government on this matter.”
Earlier this month police announced details of a plan to use the helicopter as a first response unit for medical emergencies. See story here
“The loss of the Air Operations Unit would have a considerable impact on our ability to maintain our current level of operational effectiveness.”
Police say the helicopter has assisted in numerous rescues, searches and support. In addition, it has helped track criminals after committing a crime.