The NPAS police helicopter is more expensive than drones

A REVIEW of the costs involved in keeping the police helicopter flying is expected in the coming weeks.

Dorset Police says the success of its own drone unit, the first in the country, may have resulted in savings estimated at £170,000.

However, the force is also paying fixed fees for the shared helicopter and additional fees each time it is used.

Chief Constable James Vaughan said he believes that because the police helicopter is based locally at Hurn, there is a ‘proximity’ factor tempting the force to use it, or to call it in for a job when it is on the way back from a mission out of the county.

He said he would be looking at the costs in detail after a question from police and crime panel member Iain McVie at Thursday’s budget meeting in Dorchester.


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