Eurocopter Southern Africa hosts third biennial airborne law enforcement seminar

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Representatives from law enforcement agencies and police forces from around the world gathered in Centurion, South Africa, on Monday for the 3rd biennial airborne law enforcement seminar being hosted by Eurocopter Southern Africa.

The meeting aimed to facilitate closer co-operation, knowledge sharing and the exchange of best practices in airborne law enforcement and policing.

This year’s seminar included a keynote presentation by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Air Division Unit (one of the largest US law-enforcement helicopter operators). It also led a work group on the effective use of airborne thermal imaging in crime fighting.

The SA Police Services & SANParks briefed their counterparts on their use of helicopters in the fight against Rhino poachers, while the Botswana Police shared its knowledge on the development and implementation of night-time airborne policing using helicopters adapted for Night Vision Goggle-equipped operations.

Namibia’s Police discussed its transition to the use of twin-engine helicopters in remote areas and over long distances, while in contrast, the French Gendarmerie explained its pioneering work on flight safety and crew activity monitoring in police helicopter operations, which often involves flying over built-up and densely populated areas.
“It is the third one I attended and I can confirm that Eurocopter’s biennial airborne law enforcement seminar is invaluable. They allow us to meet and share lessons and doctrines with our counterparts from other parts of the world in addition to letting us put our heads together with our neighbouring operators to find solutions to challenges we are facing”, said Flip Blaauw, Deputy Commissioner and Head of the Namibian Police Air Wing .

The seminar coincides with the biennial Africa Aerospace & Defence show being held at the nearby AFB Waterkloof from 19-23 September.