Published: Eye Books (July 2021)

ISBN: 9781785632624

Above the Law

Adrian Bleese


Adventures in a police helicopter

Adrian Bleese spent twelve years flying on police helicopters and attended almost 3,000 incidents as one of only a handful of civilian Air Observers working anywhere in the world.

In Above The Law he recounts the most interesting, difficult, emotionally charged, funny and downright baffling highlights of his career working for Suffolk Constabulary and the National Police Air Service. The events he was involved in were often life and death or, at the very least, life-changing for those involved. From his observer’s perspective, he describes them with real compassion.

While he does not shy away from tackling some of the darker sides of policing such as traffic accidents, missing persons and armed crime, this book is, above all, about helping people, about a passion for flying and for the countryside and, perhaps more than anything, about hope.









Adrian Bleese

Adrian Bleese was born and raised in the northwest of England before joining the Royal Air Force to fly on search and rescue and submarine hunting missions. On leaving the RAF, he was stunned to discover that no-one needed any submarines hunted and he was therefore forced to find a real job. Following some time working in advertising, he began working for Suffolk Constabulary and spent twelve years flying on police helicopters, attending almost 3,000 police tasks even though he was neither a policeman nor a pilot. He was one of only a handful of civilian Air Observers working anywhere in the world, first for Suffolk Constabulary and then for the National Police Air Service as an Observer, Training Officer and Tactical Flight Officer.

Flying and writing have been two of his abiding passions throughout his life and he has had a monthly column in an aviation magazine and also written flight safety and aviation history features.

He has lived in East Anglia for more than twenty-five years, he is a keen private pilot and has a great love for his adopted home, the countryside and its history. See more of his videos at

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