Hi-tech police chopper earns its stripes

POLAIR 2, Queensland Police's newest hi-tech crime-fighting partner, has earned its stripes in its first month in operation.

The police helicopter, the state's second eye in the sky which comes at a cost of $3m over 12 months, has already flown 67 missions assisting in the search for offenders after break-ins, graffiti, home invasions, as well as searching for drug crops and missing persons.

Police and government officials have heralded its introduction, saying the helicopter has not only provided much-needed support to officers on the ground but has also aided in quicker response times and ensured a safer community.

"We've seen Polair 2 covertly monitor situations on the ground and gather evidence for prosecution," said Police Commissioner Ian Stewart.

"In one significant result Polair 2 helped monitor a vehicle being driven dangerously which led to the occupants being apprehended as they tried to steal another car from a woman at Capalaba on July 16.

"This example demonstrates the crime detection and prevention capabilities of Polair 2 working in with other police resources."

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