Police Air Wing
The WA Police Force is responsible for the largest non-federated Policing jurisdiction in the world. It comprises an area of over 2.5 Million square kilometres including 12,500 kilometres of coastline and a population of 2.76 million people.The Western Australian Police Air Wing is a section of the W.A Police force which utilises various rotary and fixed wing aircraft to assist frontline Police officers in conducting their duties all across the State. The Air wing comprises of both sworn Police Officers and unsworn Police staff. The unit has aircraft engineers, Rotary and fixed wing Pilots, Tactical Flight Officers, Admin Staff and the brand new Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS or “drones”) Unit all working from the same building.
What We Do
The WA Police Air Wing has four main tasking requirements.
- Frontline Support
- Search and Rescue
- Intelligence gathering
Two Pilatus PC-12’s
Gippsland Aeronautics GA8 Airvan
Remotely Piloted Aircraft
The latest addition to the W.A Police Airwing is the creation of the Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Unit. The RPAS Unit is responsible for the oversight of all RPAS use and maintenance within the Western Australia Police Force. Additionally the Police Officers in this section are able to get a bird’s eye view of any incident location.
This is incredibly beneficial with regards to incident response, evidence gathering, crime scene analysis, photo tasking, event planning and offender apprehension. Being small in size and of comparatively low cost compared to manned aircraft in the Police fleet, the RPA are proving to be a very capable and efficient resource.