The New York Police Department (NYPD) is fielding the first of four new Bell 429s from this week, after the official celebrations on 29 July at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, NY. In addition, a Bell 407 was delivered in May 2014 to serve as a training aircraft for the fleet. Once the deliveries and trade-ins are complete, the new Bell 429s will operate alongside two Bell 412EPs for a variety of missions, ranging from search and rescue at sea to gathering intelligence and combating terrorism.
Delivery of the NYPD’s remaining Bell 429 aircraft is scheduled to be completed in 2015.
Bell Helicopter has been a part of the NYPD since 1948 when it delivered a Bell 47, the first Bell helicopter to be used as part of an airborne law enforcement team. Since then, Bell Helicopter has provided innovative product solutions and world-class customer support and service to maintain its valued, long-standing relationship with the NYPD. In total, there are more than 450 Bell helicopters serving in a law enforcement/parapublic role in the United States.
Source: Bell Helicopters