Every now and then, a police helicopter hovers over our little bit of the UK making its usual infernal racket. I’m never sure what they are up to, but nothing ever happens. No wailing sirens and flashing blue lights ever converge on the spot below the helicopter, which is sometimes our house.
Is it the equivalent of stopping for a smoke in a handy lay-by? Obviously there are no aerial lay-bys, so do they just stop for a smoke, a sandwich and a sip of tea from the official police Thermos before moving on to sweep the sky clear of criminal elements?
Or is it more a case of creating a visible and highly audible police presence? The modern equivalent of the local bobby’s measured tread advancing down the street, but considerably ramped up decibel-wise. Much like the old copper’s beat but covering far more territory per shift and the added advantage of waking everybody up at night.
Do they have a set route with defined aerial parking spots so as many innocent people as possible notice their presence and feel the need to seem just that bit more law-abiding in the way they mow the lawn?
Because let’s face it, there isn’t a lot of crime up there in the sky and how many master criminals allow their nefarious activities to be visible to one of those deafening sky-tractors? My guess, any it’s only a guess mind, but my guess is none.
So what’s it all about? Mostly searching apparently. No mention of tea breaks.
North Midlands Helicopter Support Unit Daily Task Sheet
These logs show you examples of what the helicopter has been involved in during the last few weeks.
|23/07/2012||Bolsover||Suspect Search||Search for a person who ran off from the scene of a car accident.|
|23/07/2012||Matlock||Search for vehicle||Search for a Ford van seen in suspicious circumstances.|
|23/07/2012||Chesterfield||Missing Person Search||Search for an elderly missing person suffering from dementia.|
|23/07/2012||New Town||Suspect Search||Search for a group of males who ran off after dumping a stolen vehicle.|