Busy time for police helicopter

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THE Cleveland Police helicopter has been called out to a string of incidents in the month.

The helicopter has been called out eight times over Hartlepool following reports of missing children and vulnerable adults, to help search for suspects believed to have been involved burglaries, and help locate suspects thought to have been involved in the theft of a vehicle.

The force’s Eurocopter EC135 P2i is said to be among the most advanced pieces of police equipment in the world and is able to operate at a higher level than the previous chopper to try and be less intrusive to the public.

The improved quality of its camera combined with the altitude it can fly at is also said to make it quicker to gather evidence over larger areas, and help make more arrests.

The cutting-edge technology allows digital information to be transmitted to the force’s control room and on to mobile devices and desktops of officers.

Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Jacqui Cheer, previously said: “The helicopter really is a vital tool in finding people quickly.

“This can either be vulnerable missing people or criminals who are captured and brought to justice.

“It also enables the force to make massive efficiency savings in terms of officer hours, which means that resources can be directed to where they are most needed.”