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Client Name: South Yorkshire Air Support Unit

South Yorkshire Police is the thirteenth largest of the 44 Police Forces within England, Wales and Northern Ireland, policing Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield covering 600 square miles.

The Force is headed by Chief Constable Meredydd Hughes who leads 3,413 police officers (79 more than last year) and over 2000 police staff, supported by 125 Special Constables and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) (double last year's numbers). The Senior Command Team comprises the Chief Constable, the Deputy Chief Constable, three Assistant Chief Constables and the Director of Finance and Administration. Together this team has the responsibility for the strategic direction and control of the force.

Each district has a District Commander who is held responsible for the management of that district. There are also fifteen departments within South Yorkshire Police including Personnel, Specialist Crime Services (SCS), Criminal Justice Administration (CJAD) and Operational Support Services (OSS).

The Force's brand new helicopter has fast become a familiar sight patrolling the skies of South Yorkshire.

The MD 902 Explorer arrived in December 2003, ending a two-year procurement process during which its 21 year-old predecessor became increasingly reliant on time consuming maintenance.

The delivery of the new craft, registered G-SYPS, heralded the end of an era for the Force, during which the previous ‘Twin Squirrel' craft flew almost 6000 hours, resulting in more than 1300 arrests and joining the search for over 600 vulnerable people.

Since its establishment seven years ago, the Air Support Unit has been recognised as a key resource to support the work of officers, undertaking specialist search and pursuit tasks that are impossible from the ground.

Indeed at £4m, the new, larger and more reliable SY99 is looking like a valuable investment already.

Its first week in operation saw the team clock up 12 direct arrests, six assists and 21 apprehends.

The craft's extra space for passengers quickly showed its worth when the unit was able to accommodate a district officer who assisted them on a potentially life saving call.

The turn of the year saw an extensive training programme for the crew of the part Home Office funded helicopter. The acquisition brings the Force's technology in to line with West Yorkshire and Humberside, who make up our mutual aid consortium. Both forces also have 902 Explorers.

The reduction in noise compared to its predecessor, thanks to a tail-rotor free design, looks set to make the 902 Explorer just as popular with most of the residents of South Yorkshire.

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