Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit
The Air Support Unit (ASU) is a Central Operations branch of London's Metropolitan Police Service.<ref name="met">Template:Cite web</ref> The main responsibility of the unit is to provide aerial reconnaissance and other air support operations. Helicopters are particularly useful in aiding searches for missing persons, car pursuits, suspect capture and large public order operations such as football matches.
Formed in 1980, the unit is based at Lippits Hill, Loughton and is staffed by 18 Constables, and three Sergeants headed by an Inspector. The unit also employs other members of staff including pilots, engineers, Operations Room Staff and an Intelligence Officer. The senior management are based at Wapping police station.
Each aircraft is crewed by a pilot with two officers acting as Observers, and averages over 260 flying hours per month.<ref name="met"/>
In July 2007, the ASU took delivery of three new Eurocopter EC 145s costing a total of £15 million, using the call signs India 97, India 98 and India 99. thumb fitted with a Marconi Heli-Teli in 1982]]
- Police aviation
- Police Aviation in United Kingdom