The state police received two new Bell 407GX helicopters earlier this week. The two will be joined by four new helicopter in the future, state police said in a release.
“We operate six aviation patrol units across the state and provide aerial support to all federal, state and local law enforcement agencies within the state,” Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said.
The new helicopters will provide troopers with “real-time situational awareness to incident commanders and first responders during times of critical incidents or disasters,” a release said.
“It is very important that we have modern, reliable and mission-ready helicopters to patrol and serve the citizens of the commonwealth,” Noonan said.
The new choppers will allow state police to continue to carry out there aerial support mission, which ranges from photographing accident scene to patrol and criminal surveillance. State police operate six bases throughout the state and also use fix-wing aircraft as part of the state-wide police duties.
Lower Bucks County authorities often call in the Philadelphia Police Department’s helicopter unit for local efforts. Pennsylvania State Police, New Jersey State Police and Coast Guard helicopters have also been spotted before participating in searches in the area.
The new helicopters were paid for with Pennsylvania State Police reserves and federal forfeiture monies.
Credit: Pennsylvania State Police