THE police helicopter helped to arrest 136 suspects in Derbyshire between January and December this year.
During the same period, crews searched for 134 missing people, traced 29 stolen or suspect vehicles, and airlifted four casualties to hospital.
John Jameson, the helicopter unit’s executive officer, said: “Many suspects were apprehended who may have evaded capture if the helicopter had not attended an incident. The helicopter brings a dimension to policing which can’t be achieved by conventional methods. ”
The Derbyshire helicopter will be merged to join the National Police Air Service in October next year.
Mr Jameson said this will bring ‘an even more effective service at a reduced cost’.