The Oklahoma City Police Department (OCPD) operates two Airbus H125 helicopters from the police department’s Downtown Airpark base. Acquired in 2014 as the department invested in expanding its fleet, the helicopters are outfitted with forward-looking infrared (FLIR) and search lights—indispensable for the unit’s missions. These include providing support to ground forces, searches for missing persons, suspect pursuits, and surveillance, a tasking that has resulted in the fleet’s achieving 1,600 flight hours per year.
The OCPD’s air support unit comprises eight pilots, a lieutenant and two mechanical technicians. A dedication to public safety underlines the team’s daily work, evident in the H125s’ near-constant state of readiness in their four years of service. Whether it’s policing the city in daylight or at night, or preparing for the Midwest’s never-distant natural disasters, the OCPD’s confidence in their fleet stems from the H125’s “versatility, its load capabilities, horsepower, and overall performance.”
In this video, watch Oklahoma’s capital city unspool under the H125’s rotors, the North Canadian River and the city’s iconic Devon Energy Center bright at the center of a metropolitan area extending 620 sq. miles (1,605 m2). As the helicopter wheels and climbs over the Skydance Bridge, learn why Sergeants Brent Shetley and C. G. MacKinnon refer to the H125 as a “great airship for the law enforcement mission” and a “joy to fly.”