SLSQ joins State Government to unveil new police helicopter

SLSQ help unveil Queensland’s new police helicopter

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) joined Police Minister Jack Dempsey and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart earlier this morning at Archerfield to unveil Queensland’s new police helicopter – PolAir 2.

The unveiling comes after SLSQ was successful in its bid to supply expanded helicopter services to the Queensland Police Service (QPS).

SLSQ has successfully operated the QPS’ helicopter on the Gold Coast (PolAir 1) since September 2012 and will now expand this service, with PolAir 2 set to be used for aerial policing duties in Brisbane.

The helicopter will be based at Archerfield airport, service a population of more than 1.8 million people and help police catch offenders, stop dangerous drivers and conduct proactive operations.

SLSQ chief executive officer John Brennan said the partnership between the organisation and the government was built on past successes.

“For almost four decades now, SLSQ – through its Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service (WLHRS) – has provided a crucial service to the South East Queensland community,” Mr Brennan said.

“This extended relationship with the Queensland Government and the QPS continues to broaden our core service by providing for safer communities and, ultimately, saving lives across the state.

“SLSQ has successfully worked with QPS to provide helicopter services on the Gold Coast since 2012, and we remain committed to delivering a world-class aerial patrol and surveillance service to the Queensland community,” he said.

SLSQ’s Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service undertakes regular beach patrols on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and Mr Brennan said this latest announcement would have no impact whatsoever on these services.

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