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Police helicopters

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by bof, 11 Dec 2007.

  1. bof

    bof Senior member. Oi! Less of the senior please

    Location:
    The world
    One's flying round and round in circles near my house now.

    We've had this at least once a day for the last week and its starting to annoy me. Either someone has bought the police a load of brand new toys to fly around in or I should be sectioned for advanced paranoia.
     
  2. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    They are overhead here a lot. I quite like it because it means that whatever chavbastard who stole/hurt/vandalised/did drugs etc is almost certain to get caught and not escape.

    Police helicopters are often used to search for missing people, say people with severe depression who just leave the house and don't return one morning. They will be doing something useful up there.
     
  3. Zoiders

    Zoiders New Member

    Location:
    Ice Station Zebra
    Quite often they are looking for weed factories, you could have an enclave of druggies near by

    They use the FLIR to spot the stupid amounts of radiation given off by the sun lamps they use, lights the roof up like a christmas tree at night
     
  4. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    We used to use the helicopter when chasing thieves if they went to ground at night. They used to use the IR but they also had a f*** off big searchlight, which I made the mistake of looking at!
     
  5. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    I saw one recently that was hovering very close (I live near a big park where people like messing around at night). They were shining a spotlight directly downwards and apparently searching for someone. That light must have been so bright, you could see it cutting through the air with incredible clarity.
     
  6. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    Don't look at the light!
     
  7. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    Isn't it something like 15,000 candlepower! Imagin a driver trying to SMIDSY his way out of that one!
     
  8. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    They used to fly around where i live alot at night. They would keep me awake at night which really annoyed me.
    A friend lived out in the country side, and they used to use the big light and it used to come in though his window. He ended up having to put bin liners on the backs of his curtains to block the light.
     
  9. trio25

    trio25 Über Member

    There is often one out where I go mountain biking. One evening I was cycling over to meet friends and visability was poor, I could hear the helicopter but not see it, it seemed to be following me though as it sounded like it was right above me.
     
  10. One of my mates is in the Strathclyde Police helicopter unit. Says its the best police job he's ever had. I can imagine it beats the hell out of pounding the beat in Possil
     
  11. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    My old sergeant had that job a few years back. It would be difficult one to beat!
     
  12. Didn't realise you were in the force pc2000
     
  13. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    Left a few years back. Nightshifts killed me, I hated having to work weekends and I seemed to spend all my days off at court.
    Went back to teaching. Work fewer hours for more money more sleep, more holidays and more weekends off.
     
  14. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Eh? I thought you said you got sacked for pilfering office supplies and eating the station hamster?
     
  15. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    O' slO'
    Unfortunately most of the helicopter activity here is the Air Ambulance (there's a PARAMEDIC comment somewhere here ;)).

    Lots of fast traffic on crowded roads in icy conditions. :tongue:

    Fortunately, though, the cycle paths are very good.