Queensland Police launch Polair 2

Polair 2 at Archerfield on Tuesday.
Polair 2 at Archerfield on Tuesday.

The Queensland Police Service has formally launched its second police helicopter, Brisbane-based BO 105 VH-PVK, which is scheduled to begin operational policing duties from July 5.

The 1996 model BO 105 CBS-5 will be operated for Queensland Police by Surf Life Saving Queensland on a two-year contract through until July 2015, and has been extensively refurbished and outfitted with a Garmin G500H avionics suite, FLIR, searchlight and loudspeaker.

Polair 2 joins the similarly configured BO 105 Polair 1, which is based on the Gold Coast and has been operational since August 2013.

“It has proven valuable in performing a range of policing functions such as searching for offenders and missing persons, identifying drug crops and managing traffic and major events,” Commissioner Ian Stewart said on Tuesday.

“Deploying a second police helicopter within south-east Queensland will be a significant boost for policing in the area.”

“It also makes the job safer, not just for our police, but for the community as well.”

Both aircraft are crewed by a civilian Surf Life Saving Queensland pilot and two police aircrew officers comprising a mission coordinator sitting opposite the pilot, and a FLIR operator in the rear left seat.

Comments

  1. Garry says

    18yr old Helicopter??, Why wouldn’t you use the professional EMQ Crew they have the guy’s to do the job,

    Regards
    Garry Pancake

  2. Raymond says

    Did QPS really not have helicopters prior to August 2013? I’m just finding it quite difficult to believe that a huge state like Queensland is only just discovering the benefits of aircraft… Compare this to the much smaller state of Victoria; the Victoria Police Air Wing was officially formed in 1975, with helicopters introduced in 1979.

  3. Raymond says

    Oh, I think the August 2013 date was just referring to the Polair 1 BO 105 operational date, not helicopters as a whole. Still, only two police choppers for all of Qld seems a little deficient.

  4. QLD'er says

    Welcome to the sunshine state…. at least 10yrs behind…. but some of us like It that way :-)