Po­lice he­li­copter fleet to be dou­bled

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Po­lice across China will dou­ble the size of their he­li­copter fleets within five years, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice avi­a­tion of­fi­cial.

Liu Daolin, deputy di­rec­tor of the Min­istry of Public Se­cu­rity’s po­lice avi­a­tion man­age­ment of­fice, said there were 28 po­lice he­li­copter squads in 18 pro­vin­cial-level re­gions on the Chi­nese main­land, and they have a to­tal of 47 he­li­copters.

“The size of ex­ist­ing po­lice he­li­copter fleets is usu­ally small and their op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity is weak, lead­ing to less than 10 per­cent of main­land cities be­ing cov­ered by po­lice avi­a­tion,” Liu said.

In ad­di­tion, start­ing in 2013, se­lected he­li­copter squad of­fi­cers have been sent to the United States to re­ceive train­ing in tac­tics, Liu said.

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