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Here we have a G-WPAS, the Wiltshire Police Air Support…



Here we have a G-WPAS, the Wiltshire Police Air Support Unit. The MD Explorer helicopter is jointly operated with Wiltshire Ambulance Service as an air ambulance.



The helicopter lifts off. You can see the gyrostabilised camera mounted below the nose of the helicopter and the night-sun spotlight mounted at the end of the port skid.



G-WPAS is not equipped with a tail rotor. Instead, hot air is ducted out of the rear of the boom providing stability. This makes the aircraft quieter to operate and easier to control when landing in confined places. It also makes it safer for persons moving around the exterior of the aircraft when its engines are running.

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This is the West Yorkshire Police Air Support Unit…



This is the West Yorkshire Police Air Support Unit, a MD902 Explorer. Its police callsign is Xray-99 and the CAA callsign is G-YPOL. West Yorks got a Messerchmitt Bolkow Blohm B0105 DBS4, registration G-WYPA, in December 1989 and this helicopter replaced it in February 2001.



The Explorer was built in Phoenix, Arizona by MD Helicopters Inc. and cost in the region of £3.2m. Equipment carried includes loudhailer, cameras, video equipment, night vision cameras, stabilised binoculars, searchlight, and tracker unit for stolen vehicles.



The helicopter is able to reach anywhere in West Yorkshire within 12 minutes. It has a maximum range of 238 miles, and a top speed of 143 mph. The Explorer has no tail rotor, making the helicopter much quieter and safer on the ground.

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LX55 FFV This silver Vauxhall Zafira DTI is operated…



LX55 FFV This silver Vauxhall Zafira DTI is operated by the Metropolitan Police’s Royal Parks OCU. With the abolition of the Royal Parks Constabulary, the Met have taken over this role. The Vauxhall carries the same livery as regular Met cars, but with the addition of a roof-mounted flood light.



The rear view of two of the Zafiras in the Royal Park’s fleet. The Royal Parks Constabulary was abolished as part of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.

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YN54 DLU This Mercedes Vito was new to Wandsworth…



YN54 DLU This Mercedes Vito was new to Wandsworth Parks Police in January 2006. Prior to this it was a police demonstrator with Mercedes. It proved successful in increasing police orders of the vehicle, and so was sold off when it was one year old.



The side view of the same Vito, showing its smart single waistband of battenburg marks. All the ‘parks police’ signs are magnetic until it gets its permanent livery.



The rear view of the van showing the prisoner cage.



The same Mercedes Vito at night.

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KE53 JDX This silver Nissan X-trail is the only…



KE53 JDX This silver Nissan X-trail is the only vehicle run by Kensington and Chelsea Parks Police. It is fitted with a full-width roof light bar and additional blue flashing lights behind the front grille and on the front wings. Up the sides are a single tall band of battenburg markings.



The rear view of the same Nissan. The car is equipped with a video surveillance camera to the front and an LPG conversion. It is used to drive around and between parks in the London borough.

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