The Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) in Virginia, US, has taken delivery of an MD Helicopters 530F aircraft. As the first MD Helicopters-brand aircraft to join the VBPD aviation unit since the helicopter operations unit was established, the MD 530F has been described as a powerful, reliable addition to the fleet that is expected to deliver improved efficiency and mission versatility.
“The aviation unit plays an invaluable role in our ability to protect and serve the citizens and visitors of Virginia Beach,” says Reginald Padgett from VBPD. “As an effective command platform during critical situations like vehicle and suspect pursuits or missing person operations, the helicopter unit provides optimal situational awareness that protects officers and civilians on the ground.”
CEO of MD Helicopters Lynn Tilton adds: “This aircraft, like all of our law enforcement builds, has been a labour of love, a testament to our commitment to serve those who live their lives in service of others. We are excited to see this elegant MD 530F begin its service with the Virginia Beach Police Department.”
The VBPD operates 20 hours a day, seven days a week, in service of the 450,000 inhabitants of the city's 310 square miles. Two-person flight crews support ground officers in the execution of air patrol, search and rescue, surveillance and crime scene and damage assessment.