ORILLIA, ON, May 27, 2011 /CNW/ - At a ceremony at Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) General Headquarters in Orillia today, Commissioner Chris Lewis accepted the delivery of two Eurocopter EC135 helicopters, which replace the OPP's aging fleet of Twin Star helicopters acquired in 1991.

The OPP has owned and operated two helicopters in its fleet since 1974 to support fulfilling of its provincial mandate which includes providing support for specialized teams, surveillance, drug eradication, searches, suspect apprehension pursuits and regional traffic and crime initiatives. Approximately 65 per cent of all OPP helicopter missions deal with search and rescue operations. The OPP helicopters are based in Orillia and Sudbury respectively.

Dignitaries from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS), Eurocopter Canada Ltd., and members of the public and media witnessed the official handover of the two Eurocopter EC135s and the retirement of the Twin Stars.

The EC135 is a light, multi-purpose twin turbine engine helicopter particularly suited to law enforcement purposes. Its lower noise rating, reduced maintenance needs and efficiency in terms of operational costs were some of the reasons the OPP chose this helicopter.

Over the past 20 years, OPP pilots have logged a combined total flying time of approximately 20-thousand hours (or about 106 trips around the world at the equator) on the retiring Twin Stars models.


"The officers of OPP Aviation Services play a critical role in combating crime and helping to keep our communities safe. It is important that we invest in the tools that help them to do their jobs effectively and efficiently."

- Hon. Jim Bradley, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

"Whether for search and rescue operations or for surveillance or other law enforcement functions, the acquisition of these new helicopters will ensure that our pilots will continue to be prepared, ready and able to carry out their duties in the service of the people of Ontario in the best traditions of the Ontario Provincial Police."

- Chris Lewis, Commissioner - OPP

MEDIA NOTE: A detailed Backgrounder and photos of the OPP Eurocopter EC135s (shown in static poses and active duty) are available at this link.

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SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police

For further information:

Sergeant Pierre CHAMBERLAND
Media Relations Coordinator
OPP Corporate Communications
Phone:    (705) 329-6878


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