This time last year I was critical of Surrey’s police helicopter move from Fairoaks Airport in Chobham to RAF Odiham in Hampshire.
It now appears that Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex police forces, each having a police helicopter, are planning to share two police helicopters between the three police forces. It’s Surrey’s police helicopter that’s to be scrapped, according to reports.
When Surrey’s Deputy Chief Constable Craig Denholm said the Surrey helicopter cost nearly £2m a year to keep in the air. I wonder if the extra miles and associated fuel costs resulting from the move may have made Surrey’s police helicopter more expensive to maintain that those of the other forces. Just idle speculation on my part. Oh, and the BBC reports of vandals attacking the helicopter at Fairoaks last year, sorry BBC, not vandals, let’s be clear, they were criminals.