Choppers are not taxis

I READ your article with interest, it is a similar jolly to when the Met helicopters first went to Loughton. A number of senior police officers immediately saw it as a nice way of getting from meeting to meeting especially when it could reduce travel t

I READ your article with interest, it is a similar 'jolly' to when the Met helicopters first went to Loughton.

A number of senior police officers immediately saw it as a nice way of getting from meeting to meeting especially when it could reduce travel time between constabularies.

"The helicopter, Sir, is for apprehending criminals not a fancy taxi for senior officers."

A twin engine helicopter costs over £1 million: three crews for 24-hour operation, annual and 100 hour servicing, fuel, depreciation, insurance etc etc now exceed £30,000 per flying hour.


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Whoever thought this out is so far from reality he should retire and ponder on what policing is really about and who pays for it.

John Rollason, address withheld

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