• There was an article a few months ago about how two men shouted anti-Semitic insults at someone from their car, drove off, and were eventually stopped because a police helicopter kept tabs on them.

    When the police want to get someone, they’ll get them. I’m not saying their crime wasn’t worth deploying a helicopter for, but it would’ve been nice if they’d responded with literally anyone when some cunt was threatening me with a crankset during lockdown 1.0.

  • The helicopter was undoubtedly only deployed because it was already up and didn't have any other jobs on. While it's obviously good that they caught those people, I still strongly disapprove of policing by helicopter. It's massively wasteful.

  • 100% this.. not just wasteful, it’s also lazy policing.

    Also don’t we have enough CCTV across the capital. There must be ton of surveillance on the ground we are already paying for.

  • helicopter was undoubtedly only deployed because it was already up

    Undoubtedly. The question of value in crime reduction vs. expense is secondary. I’ve had hate speech shouted at me and, separately, been threatened with a crankset by a thief. I would far prefer for the police to spend their limited budget catching violent thieves than verbal aggressors, even if it meant they didn’t come out when I’ve been slurred (I didn’t call them).

    My primary point is that if the police want to get someone who’s pulling a #premiumrush, they have ample capability to do it, it’s just a matter of resourcing priority.