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Leading the way in cutting-edge technology, the Durham Regional Police Service became the first municipal policing agency in all of Ontario to incorporate the advantages of a helicopter in our law enforcement and crime prevention initiatives. Operating with distinction since 1999, the JetRanger Helicopter “Air1” is an excellent example of what can be achieved when advancements in technology are applied to law enforcement and community safety.

Based at Oshawa Airport, the Air Support Unit can be at the scene of any incident in the region within minutes to assist ground patrol efforts. The ‘cover of darkness’ that criminals depend upon to evade police capture is now a distant memory. By targeting their body heat, the helicopter’s thermal imaging system can detect suspects hiding in areas that had once offered them cover. Air1’s ability to track a suspect vehicle across our highways and residential streets also makes it a formidable opponent to the often reckless driving of criminals in flight.