What we do

The Metropolitan Police helicopters are aerial observation and communication platforms, providing an often-vital resource to officers across the Metropolitan Police area.

Each aircraft is crewed by a pilot and two police officers, called observers. Each observer has a different role in the aircraft, and between them and the pilot, an effective level of support is provided to police ground units.

The main activities undertaken by the Air Support Unit are described in this section.


Suspect searches

Vehicle pursuit

Missing Persons

Firearms incidents

Public Order

Photographic tasks

Crime reduction

Dog handlers

Counter Terrorism

VIP Escorts

The ASU are used to assist the Special Escort Group (SEG) with the transport of both VIPs and high-risk prisoner movements.