Royal Bahamas Police

 

Key Facts

Current Title:
Royal Bahamas Police
English Title:
Royal Bahamas Police
Abbreviation:
RBP
First Established:
1964
ICAO Code:
-
Country:
Bahamas
Status:
Active

History

Narrative Summary

The Royal Bahamas Police Force first established an ‘Airwing Section’ in 1964, operating chartered private aircraft. Its main role was surveillance and air patrol, to discourage illegal immigrants and poachers from entering Bahamas territorial areas. In the late seventies and early eighties the detection of drug trafficking was added to its mandate.

In 1991 the Section acquired its first owned and operated aircraft, a Piper Navajo. A second Navajo was obtained soon afterwards. These aircraft were retired in 2002 and put into open storage without replacement.

Circa 2009 the Section was reorganised and renamed the Air Support Service Unit. In 2009 a new Cessna 208 Grand Caravan was taken into service. Roles now include VIP Transport, Police personnel transport, Search and Rescue support, prisoner transport and border patrol.

Key Dates

1964 RBPF Police Airwing Section established.
1991 Airwing renamed Air Support Service Unit.
1991 First aircraft delivered.
2009 Cessna 208 Grand Caravan delivered.

Current Status

The aircraft of the RBPF are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

National Insignia

Aircraft carry ‘ROYAL BAHAMAS POLICE’ titles on the fuselage sides, a small national flag on the fin and the Police crest under the cockpit.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operating with RBP originally carried serial numbers prefixed by RBPF, e.g. Piper Navajo RBPF-1, but more recent aircraft carry Bahamas civil registrations, e.g. Grand Caravan C6-PFA.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 1 1 0 Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Piper PA-31 Navajo 2 1991 2002 USA
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 1 2009 current USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), Nassau, Bahamas.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The aircraft is based at Nassau International Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

RBPF Air Support Service Unit
Royal Bahamas Police Force gets new 14-seater Cessna Caravan
Scramble: Bahamas

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

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