What has Cleveland Police’s chopper been up to?

The police helicopter
The police helicopter

THE Cleveland Police helicopter helped out in a string of incidents this month.

The helicopter has been called out 11 times over Hartlepool following reports of missing people, to help search for suspects believed to have been involved burglary, criminal damage and firearms offences.

The force’s Eurocopter EC135 P2i will attend thousands of incidents a year, helping arrest people suspected to be involved in a crime, searching for missing people and gathering intelligence.

The helicopter 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.

Temporary 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.”

The rundown of call-outs:

June 24 at 2.10am: Search for male in gardens suspected to be responsible for criminal damage.

June 16 at 9.25am: Assist specialist units in suspected firearms incident.

June 12 at 11.30pm: Search for suspects believed to be responsible for burglary who had made off from police.

June 12 at 11.25pm: Search for group of people sighted on farmland in possibly in possession of firearms.

June 8 at 8.45pm: Attended Owton Manor to search for an off road motorcycle riding around the estate. The rider was reportedly not wearing a helmet and was causing a nuisance. Area checked with no sightings.

June 4 at 9.30am: Requested search for a vulnerable missing woman.

June 4 at 9.20am: Requested search for a vulnerable missing male. Male located in shopping area.

June 4 at 2.30am: Search for a vulnerable missing woman.

June 3 at 10.50pm: Search for suspect believed to be responsible for an attempted theft.

June 3 at 10.30pm: Search for a vulnerable missing woman.

June 1 at 1am: Attend report of vehicle failing to stop for police. While en route vehicle was abandoned and two males made off. On arrival, area searched and one male located by crew hiding in a garden, officers directed and male arrested. Second male located.