National Police Air Service (NPAS)
- NPAS will provide a national, borderless service making use of the nearest aircraft meaning that the police service's response will, in many cases, be enhanced over current provision.
- The underlying principle of NPAS is a national service, regionally coordinated for local delivery.
- NPAS will provide an air service to 98% of the population of England and Wales within 20 minutes.
- 25 NPAS aircraft will be placed at 23 strategic locations that provide the operational capability to deliver an enhanced service to the public with an aircraft being available 24 hours a day. 3 reserve aircraft will also be provided when aircraft are offline for maintenance to minimise reduction in service.
- NPAS will deliver a more cost effective service balancing the need to save money against the need to ensure the police service has a quickly deployable asset that can be used to tackle crime and protect the public. It is anticipated that NPAS will save up to £15 million a year compared to previous arrangements for police air support when all forces join NPAS.
- Under the National Collaboration Agreement for NPAS West Yorkshire Police is the lead force and is responsible for the delivery of the service including the centralised aircraft despatch centre based in West Yorkshire. This ensures that NPAS is led and owned by the police service and delivers the operational benefits and financial savings that have been presented to individual police authorities
This section was last updated February 2013