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San Antonio Adds Two Police Eurocopter EC120s

The San Antonio Police Department has purchased two of American Eurocopter's EC120 single-engine light helicopters for basic patrol missions. The new airships will be delivered in early 2014.

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L.A. Sheriff's Super Puma Helicopters

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has completed a nearly $60-million overhaul of its helicopter fleet that brought 18 new Eurocopter helicopters, including three Super Pumas.

L.A. Sheriff's Helicopter Lands On City Street

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department helicopter was forced to land on a Lakewood street late Sunday after a bird struck the airborne unit.

Baltimore Adds Four American Eurocopter EC120s

The Baltimore Police Department has ordered four American Eurocopter EC120 aircraft to update its fleet of four aircraft, the company announced. The new helicopters will be part of a fleet renewal program and will begin arriving in summer 2012.

Police Helicopters

Law enforcement agencies usually select helicopters for their airborne unit with the mission in mind—lighter, single-engine craft work well for patrol and surveillance, while larger-capacity, twin-engine craft are better suited for search-and-rescue operations. View our gallery of several of the more commonly deployed police helicopters.

California Agency Adds Third Eurocopter AS350

Each of the Air Support Unit's B2s are equipped with Spectrolab searchlights with 30 million candlepower, L-3/Wescam forward looking infrared (FLIR), and avionics for communication and navigation.

Texas DPS Adds Two AS350 B3 Helicopters

In addition to law enforcement and patrol missions, the mission scope of Texas DPS now includes search and rescue, tactical operations and homeland security missions throughout the state. The AS350 B3 copters will give Texas DPS additional payload, range and endurance to enhance their capacity to respond to these vital missions.

L.A. County Sheriff Hires Hanger One To Equip New Copters

Hangar One will add a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera system with live video-feed down-linking to each craft. An on-board GPS-based mapping system and multi-band digital radio communications will allow the aircrew to provide real-time support to law enforcement personnel and operational command centers.

L.A. Sheriff Gets $56.7 Million To Replace Helicopter Fleet

The existing patrol fleet will be replaced by at least 12, but likely 14, Eurocopter A350 Astar craft. A trio of Sikorsky craft will continue to be used for search and rescue.

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Miami-Dade PD Acquires Second American Eurocopter AS350B3

It's the second of four AS350B3s that have been ordered. The aircraft will join the department's Special Patrol Bureau's Aviation Unit that includes a fleet of rotary and fixed-wing aircraft.

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