National Police Air Service (NPAS)

National Police Air Service to receive national award for outstanding response to two terror attacks

The National Police Air Service (NPAS) are to be presented with a prestigious national award in recognition of their outstanding contribution to aviation.

The ‘Sword of Honour’ will be presented by the Honorary Company of Air Pilots (HCAP) at a ceremony at London’s Guildhall tomorrow evening. This award marks the highest achievements and excellence within the aviation industry across the world and is being awarded to NPAS particularly for their part in the emergency response to two of the UK’s terror attacks earlier this year.

Chief Constable Dee Collins, QPM of West Yorkshire Police and Air Operations Certificate Holder for NPAS said:

“I am delighted that NPAS have been recognised for their outstanding response to two major national incidents, one in Westminster and one in Manchester earlier this year.

“The crews, across a number of NPAS bases and within the National Operations Centre, provided an unprecedented response and invaluable command and control of the incidents without which, both colleagues and communities would have been put at much greater risk.

“Every day crews carry out remarkable work from a national network of 15 bases to keep communities safe and it is highly fitting that NPAS should receive such a prestigious award.”

NPAS crews are being recognised for their provision of sustained cover throughout the protracted duration of the incidents at Westminster Bridge in March and in Manchester in June this year. Both of these attacks necessitated a sustained and unprecedented response from UK policing and from NPAS as a part of that to provide a continuous aerial view of the incidents as they unfolded.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Police, Mark Burns-Williamson said:

“NPAS winning a highly prestigious award reflects the outstanding efforts and work carried out in response to two major national incidents.

“NPAS exists to reduce the risk to communities and during both these incidents an unprecedented response was provided to ensure the safety of the public and colleagues.

“The response provided demonstrates the value of borderless air support provision to UK policing.”


For more information, please contact: Rhianne Cowman 07595 006538

A full list of the 2017 Honorary Company of Air Pilots Awards winners is available here:

Notes to Editors

About the National Police Air Service
The National Police Air Service provides the police forces of England and Wales with air support from 15 air bases across the UK. It was formed in October 2012 following the national review of air support led by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) in 2009. The National Police Air Service is the first national collaboration of all police forces in England and Wales, regulated by Section 22A of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.

The National Police Air Service is delivered by West Yorkshire Police on behalf of Home Office Forces and governed by a National Board made up of six elected Police and Crime Commissioners and six Chief Constables each representing their policing regions. It is funded through the collaborative agreement of participating police forces to each pay a proportionate contribution toward this overall cost of delivery which corresponds to their service use.

It is tasked with supporting police forces across England and Wales to keep communities safe and does so through the provision of an entirely borderless service, enabling the movement of aircraft and resources to meet the areas of greatest threat, harm and risk to communities.

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