The Aviation Command is more commonly known as PolAir, and provides aerial support to police across New South Wales.

Its strategy is to serve from above, statewide, as a force multiplier, adding value at any incident that impacts on officer or public safety. Its duties include:

  • Search and rescue (including missing children, the elderly and lost bushwalkers)
  • Patrol support (searching for offenders)
  • High visibility operations for special events (e.g. New Year's Eve, Mardi Gras, City to surf, Vivid, etc.)
  • Reconnaissance tasks
  • Counter terrorism operations
  • Transport of dignitaries and specialised police
  • Displays / demonstrations and charity events
  • Maintenance and servicing of police aircraft.

The command utilises state of the art specialised technology such as rescue winches, Forward Looking Infra Red (FLIR), high definition video camera system, PA system, beam searchlights, downlinking of live video, digital radio systems and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) navigation systems.

Its current fleet consists of five helicopters and three fixed wing aircraft. The command also maintain the fleet of NSW Police Force's Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA).

Visit NSW Aviation Command Facebook page.

Aviation Command operation in progress