The government of Queensland, Australia has officially launched the operation of an EC135 operated by POLAIR law enforcement unit.

Air Services Australia, police and air traffic control experts identified new technologies and capacities that enable the regular use of a police helicopter within Townsville’s busy airspace. The aircraft will provide cover for POLAIR across the city of Townsville on a temporary basis, prior to a permanent helicopter replacement is available.

The EC135 is fitted with an infrared camera, moving map and a vehicle tracking system to support law enforcement efforts on the ground, helping police effectively and efficiently respond to incidents.

“This new aerial capability is a tool which will bolster these efforts, and not only help police do their jobs safely, but support them to keep Townsville safe,” said Cameron Harsley, Deputy Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service. “Already, the interim aircraft has helped locate a missing child and assisted police with arrests.”