Definition of helicopter patrol in English:

helicopter patrol


  • A group of military or police helicopters that keep watch over an area by regularly flying over it.

    ‘there is a helicopter patrol and all police vehicles are on the alert’
    • ‘More than 100 law enforcement officers combed the landfill with specially trained canine teams, aided by helicopter patrols.’
    • ‘Locals say they are being tormented by incessant helicopter patrols.’
    • ‘Police conducted helicopter patrols and sweeps of scrubland by foot.’
    • ‘A team of police officers, emergency service workers, and about 60 firefighters responded, including a helicopter patrol.’
    • ‘For the first time in the last 24 hours, we've seen some helicopter patrols in the city.’
    • ‘The initiatives would include lockdowns, national helicopter patrols 15–20 minutes after an incident, and joint police/army patrols.’
    • ‘Neighbourhoods are woken at night by police helicopter patrols.’
    • ‘Helicopter patrols have been sent out in a stepping up of the five-week investigation.’
    • ‘Police have said the helicopter patrols have been beneficial, particularly when police are searching for fleeing or armed suspects.’
    • ‘In response to the soaring number of crimes, helicopter patrols have been launched above crime hotspots.’