Cost of MPS aviation unit

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many people are employed in the MPS aviation unit? How much does this unit cost to run annually?


Answer for Cost of MPS aviation unit

Answer for Cost of MPS aviation unit

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS Air Support Unit (ASU) currently employs 46 members of staff. These comprise 25 members of police staff (10 pilots, 10 engineers and 5 air operations officers) and 21 police officers (1 Inspector, 2 Sergeants and 18 PCs).

The total cost of running the ASU is dependent upon the rate of flying. The ASU presently has an annual budget to enable 2,700 flying hours per year.

The total annual cost (fixed + variable) if 2,700 hours are flown is £7.2 million.