1. ITV Report

Eye in the sky helps West Midlands Police make over 500 arrested in 2012

West Midlands Police HQ Photo: ITV Central

More than 500 people were arrested in 2012 with assistance from the West Midlands Police helicopter – many who would have got away without having an eye in the sky.

The helicopter, known to officers on the street by its call sign ‘Alpha Oscar One’, has taken off 1,362 times this year and has been involved in 3,698 incidents.

Using a vast array of technology, the helicopter assists police on the ground.

In 2012, Alpha Oscar One spent 1,175 hours in the sky and was responsible for finding 27 people who had been reported missing.

“The key part of our success is in our ability to track people and find property from the sky.

“It takes such a short amount of time for us to search an area that it really pays off for the officers on the ground – who are then freed up to carry out more urgent tasks.”

– Sergeant David Mitchell