Police Aircraft Replacement (Helicopter)

The Mesa Police Department operates three police helicopters to provide aerial police patrol throughout the City of Mesa. These helicopters directly support the police officers performing crime prevention and crime suppression activities at ground-level. In addition, they are used to assist with search and rescue and firefighting operations when needed.


The City would purchase a new helicopter to replace a 1996-model helicopter that has more than 19,000 flight hours. Based on industry standards, this helicopter has exceeded the useful life for a police aircraft. Replacement of the aircraft would enable the Police Department to continue to operate a safe and efficient fleet of helicopters used as part of its public safety efforts.

Police helicopter