The UK National Police Air Service was launched on 1 Oct 2012. It covers all Police Forces in England and Wales through a collaboration agreement. Its objective is to deliver overall savings in the air support service whilst moving to an operational model which consolidates bases and assets, through allocation of the nearest airframe(s) to a declared task and maintaining a strategic aircraft reserve. Operationally, West Yorkshire Police is the lead force.
News of NPAS
Airbus to Support National Police Air Service Fleet, 05-Mar-19 : #NPAS UK’ National Police Air Service (NPAS) signed contract with Airbus to provide support and maintenance for its fleet of 15 EC135 and 4 EC145 helicopters
UK’ NPAS New Base at Essex, 23-Jan-19 : UK National Police Air Service (NPAS) building new airbase at North Weald Airfield in Essex to primarily serve London and the South East. The £4 million facility, being built by Kier Group, is scheduled to be ready before end 2019
Last MD902 Explorer Retired from UK Police, 25-Jan-17 : UK National Police Air Service (NPAS) retiring last MD902 Explorer. Six helicopters were received from the local police forces when NPAS formed back in 2013 and now replaced with EC135/145
UK Police NPAS Received First of Seven EC135T2+, 07-Oct-15 : Bond Air Services formally handed over the first of seven redesigned and upgraded EC135 T2+ helicopters to the National Police Air Service (NPAS) at Helitech 2015
UK NPAS Will Close 10 Bases in 2015-2017, 20-Feb-15 : UK National Police Air Service confirmed plans to move to a 15-base model. 10 current bases will be closed between 2015 and 2017
Gwent and South Wales Police joined the NPAS, 02-Feb-15 : Air Support in South Wales region migrates to the National Police Air Service. Gwent and South Wales Police joined the NPAS Utilising the existing base at RAF St Athan.
03-Jun-14 - New Investment in NPAS Fleet
03-Jun-14 - Bond Helicopters to equip UK Police EC135 T2s