Air force flies in to help beat crime

Gareth Wilson

A THREE-DAY joint operation between the air force and the police was launched in Nelson Mandela Bay yesterday.

Two BK117 air force helicopters and about 50 police officers have launched a joint crime prevention and training operation aimed at increasing visibility around the Bay.

The operation aims to give air force helicopter pilots real-life scenario training while also assisting police with their operations.

According to authorities, this marks the first of several operations due to be launched in the city.

Police spokeswoman Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said the operation was launched after the air force approached the police asking if they needed aerial assistance for some of their operations.

“The air force trainee pilots need experience in real-life urban landing and take-off procedures,” she said.

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