The North District RCMP has gained a major asset.
Air 4, the police helicopter previously stationed in Kamloops has been transferred to Prince George.
In exchange, one of the North District’s fixed wing aircraft has been sent south.
“The North District comprises 73% of BC’s geographic area, so this realignment is simply a matter of common sense.” said Insp. Nigel Bushe, Officer in Charge of E Division Air Services noting that the Southeast District previously had two helicopters and no fixed wing aircraft.
North District Commander, Chief Superintendent Lesley Bain said in a media release that she is pleased by the move, “It is a valuable asset that will further our efforts to protect and serve Northern British Columbia.”
Police say the helicopter will be able to operate in more remote regions where fixed wing planes cannot operate due to a lack of runways. Air 4 will also be able to more effectively service remote repeater sites which are used for radio communications.