Police Air Wing


WA Police is responsible for an area of 2.5 million square kilometres, 12500kms of coastline and for all policing and search and rescue in the state that has a population of over two million people.

Police Air Wing has two units based in WA with one covering the southern state and the other covering the northern state. Police Air Wing operates the following aircraft: BK117 (B2) Helicopter, AS365N3+ Helicopter, GA8 Airvan and two Pilatus PC12 fixed wing aircraft.

The BK117 and AS365N3+ operate Star Safire III and HD FLIR systems, with microwave and 3G downlink capabilities, Avalex Mapping and Skyquest Video Management System, Wulfsberg and Motorola radios, Spectrolab and Trakka Beam search lights and Goodrich 600lb rescue winches.

The section is made up of both sworn police officers and unsworn civilians. The majority of staff are sworn police officers although the helicopter pilots, maintenance engineer and administration staff are all unsworn.

Kawasaki Bolkow BK117(B2)

Eurocopter AS365 N3 + Dauphin
Pilatus PC-12
Gippsland Aeronautics GA8 Airvan

Services Provided

  • SAR land and sea
  • EPIRB homing
  • Assist other government agencies
  • Transport of dangerous goods
  • Drug eradication
  • FLIR searches
  • Targeted patrols
  • Missing person searches
  • Video and photographic evidence crime scenes
  • Officer tactical deployment i.e. CT tasks
  • Back up medical retrieval to SJA
  • Rescue personnel deployment
  • Specialist services to frontline policing
  • Prisoner transport