National Police Air Service

Home Office written question – answered on 6th March 2015.

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Photo of Andy Sawford Andy Sawford Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing fixed wing aircraft to the National Police Air Service fleet.

Photo of Andy Sawford Andy Sawford Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how recent reductions in the National Police Air Service budget will be distributed between police forces in (a) the East Midlands and (b) the Eastern region.

Photo of Andy Sawford Andy Sawford Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings Ministers in her Department have had with representatives of the National Police Air Service in the last 12 months.

Photo of Andy Sawford Andy Sawford Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effect of the closure of the National Police Air Service base at Husbands Bosworth on flight times to (a) Corby, (b) Oundle, (c) Thrapston, (d) Raunds, (e) Irthlingborough, (f) Warmington and (g) Easton-on-the-Hill in Northamptonshire.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The National Police Air Service (NPAS) is a police-led operational initiative,

with all strategic decisions, including agreeing the budget and operating

model, taken by the Strategic Board which comprises Police and Crime

Commissioners (PCCs) and Chief Constables. The Board agreed to convene a small

working group of PCCs to define a more equitable future funding model for all

force areas.

The Strategic Board agreed on 19 February a new optimised operating model that

will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the service, and will mean

that every air base supports police forces 24 hours a day. NPAS modelling

indicates that Northamptonshire will remain within the 20 minute Priority 1

Service Level Agreement for NPAS. The new operating model will include an

enhanced fixed-wing aircraft capability within the NPAS fleet.

Home Office Ministers have been kept informed of the development of NPAS’s new

operating model, and officials attend the NPAS Strategic Board meetings in a

non-voting capacity.

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