RCMP Brings Helicopter North, Sends Plane South
Prince George, B.C. – The RCMP says it’s Air Services Section has completed the re-positioning of aircraft to better serve both the North and Southeast Districts.
Inspector Nigel Bushe, Officer in Charge of E Division Air Services, says in a media release that a fixed wing aircraft previously in North District has been moved to Kelowna to provide the Southeast District with fixed wing capability. A helicopter that was in the Southeast District has been moved to North District.
“BC’s Air Services fleet are strategically placed throughout BC in order to support our policing services and unique geography,” says Insp. Nigel Bushe. “We have re-aligned these resources more effectively by moving one of two helicopters from the Southeast District, to our North District that did not have a helicopter, and moving one of our fixed wing aircraft from North District to our Southeast District, that did not have a fixed wing aircraft. It is important to note that the North District comprises 73% of BC’s geographic area, so this realignment is simply a matter of common sense.”
“We’re very pleased to have a helicopter now stationed in North District,” says Chief Superintendent Lesley Bain, North District Commander. “It is a valuable asset that will further our efforts to protect and serve Northern British Columbia.”
RCMP Air Services provides vital air capabilities/assistance to operational personnel, including northern and regional patrols and surveillance, transports personnel, evidence and supplies, carries out searches, transports emergency response and containment teams and provides operational support for frontline members.