Aviation Support Branch (PolAir)
The Aviation Support Branch is primarily concerned with the Commissioner's priority of reducing crime. Other services and operations which PolAir provide support include; searches for missing persons (including missing children, the elderly and bushwalkers), vessels or aircraft, offenders, operations targeting crime, specialised rescue missions, reconnaissance tasks and counter terrorism operations.
Modern technology adapted by PolAir include specialist equipment such as rescue winches, nite sun searchlights (30 million candle power), Forward Looking Infra Red (FLIR), high definition video camera system, downlinking of live video, digital radio systems and advanced inter-grated touch screen digital glass cockpits with Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) navigation systems.
The PolAir fleet consists of 5 helicopters (PolAir 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) and 2 fixed wing (PolAir 6 and PolAir 7) aircraft and services the NSW Police Force across an area of approximately 800,000 square kilometres.