Bell this week delivered its second law enforcement-configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to the Stockton Police Department.
“The Bell 505 has excelled in the parapublic sector since we first introduced the aircraft to the market, and customers are thrilled with the aircraft’s exceptional performance and ease of handling,” said Susan Griffin, Bell’s executive vice president of commercial cusiness. “Bell is proud to deliver an aircraft to support the men and women of the Stockton Police Department and other law enforcement agencies around the world.”
The first law enforcement-configured 505 was delivered in December to the Sacramento Police Department, which was intent on upgrading from its existing OH-58 and found the Bell 505 to be their preferred platform, according to Bell.
The law enforcement configuration includes several mission-specific provisions, including high-skid gear and forward/aft hard points for mounting equipment as well as a 15” monitor with moving map system, loudhailer, MX-10 EO/IR Sensor and Trakka Beam Searchlight.
“The aircraft and aircrew’s primary mission and focus are to support the officers on the ground during day-to-day patrol operations,” said Joe Silva, public information officer for the Stockton Police Department. “Our Bell 505 will fly during the busiest hours of the busiest days.”
With a speed of 125 knots (232 km/h) and useful load of 1,500 pounds (680 kg), the aircraft is designed to be safe and easy to fly while providing significant value to the operator.
The 505 continues to attract attention from law-enforcement agencies as well as for training purposes in the parapublic segment. The Japanese coast guard was one of the first parapublic operators to select four Bell 505s for their mission.
The aircraft also has been configured to serve multiple missions around the world including electronic news gathering, crop spraying, utility work and others.