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The Police Maverick (also known as the VCPD Maverick in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories) is a police vehicle and the first controllable Police Helicopter introduced in the series, debuting in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

It is manufactured by Western Company in Grand Theft Auto IV and Buckingham in Grand Theft Auto V.


The Police Maverick flown by the police possess many characteristics of the preceding Police Helicopter in Grand Theft Auto III. All versions of the vehicle are used by the city's police forces during Wanted Levels, from three stars and above.


In all of its appearances, the Police Maverick is a police adaptation of the civilian Maverick helicopter (excluding GTA V), usually seen operated by and deploying SWAT (3D Universe) or NOOSE (HD Universe) units.

3D Universe

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the helicopter is used by the VCPD, having either a green and white livery (GTA Vice City) or a olive/gold and white livery (GTA Vice City Stories), with the "POLICE" text on the underside.

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Maverick is used by the SAPD and is operated in all of the three main cities. Apart of the different registration number is the tail boom and the black and white livery, the Police Maverick remains unchanged from its previous game.

The Police Maverick exists in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, although it does not spawn normally as other renditions. It has the same details as the previous versions, except the blue and white livery and the LCPD markings.

The Police Maverick flown by the police is actually a mesh - it is not solid and can go through buildings, without a chance of crashing either. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the uncontrollable Police Maverick piloted by cops still has the handling and other characteristics from the uncontrollable helicopter in GTA III, although it uses the polygon model from the Police Maverick available to the player. Excluding San Andreas and Vice City Stories, pressing the vehicle enter button has no effect for police-flown Police Mavericks. In GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories, to ensure the player is not going to obtain one, police-flown helicopters blow up upon contact with the player. The helicopter has an "invisible" 5.56mm machine gun on the fuselage (sounding like an M-60 but with much less power), as well as a searchlight, and a loudspeaker (used by the Police to address the player from the skies) only absent in the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories rendition. Unlike its GTA III counterpart, the Police Maverick can airdrop SWAT units on ropes at 4 stars wanted level. A searchlight is also available on the GTA San Andreas rendition.

In GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas and GTA Liberty City Stories, the inside cabin is empty and there is no visible NPC flying the Police Maverick when it is flown by police. In GTA Vice City Stories, however, the VCPD Maverick has a pilot appearing as a normal Police Officer without any pilot gear, and upon the destruction of the chopper, the pilot will drop a Pistol and a Nightstick.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Police Maverick is in turn based on a redone Maverick, and as a result, features rear sliding-doors and a four-blade main rotor. Its design is based on that of the Bell 206, identical to the Maverick. The livery is loosely based on those used on a previous generation of New York City Police helicopters, but with a reversed color scheme. The Police Maverick has a searchlight on the nose and, unlike its civilian or Helitours counterpart, features sidesteps on the rear bay doors.

Replacing the original "invisible" machine gun under the fuselage, there are now two Police Officers seated on both sides of the helicopter, programmed to shoot the player with Carbine Rifles (or Advanced MGs in The Ballad of Gay Tony). The ability to deploy units has been removed from the game and, unlike in the 3D Universe, it may be replaced by the Annihilator from higher wanted levels, from five stars and above.

Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars

The Police Maverick has the same design as the GTA IV rendition, except uncontrollable. It also has the same machine gun mounted as 3D Universe, unlike GTA IV.

Grand Theft Auto V

In Grand Theft Auto V, the Police Maverick is based on the French Eurocopter AS350B, replacing the Bell 206 on which the beta Police Maverick was originally based. It is the first Police Maverick that bears no resemblance at all to its civilian version, although it still adopts the "Maverick" on the name, implying it is a newer generation of the vehicle (something seen in multiple vehicles of the same game). The livery is based on the design of the livery used on the Los Angeles Police helicopters.

The Police Maverick features rear slide-doors and a three-blade main rotor, as well as a high-intensity spotlight, capable of highlighting targets; a feature shared with the Buzzard. Unlike previous renditions, it features two mounted winches, used to deploy officers, like the Police Maverick in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. As with GTA IV, NOOSE agents use Carbine Rifles.

The Police Maverick has a mounted camera, like the FroggerAnnihilatorMaverick, and Buzzard.

According to its functionality and the pilot during the mission Eye In The Sky, the mounted camera allows the user to identify individuals by reading RFID transmitters placed in 2012 San Andreas driver licenses. It is marked with the zoom bar, the direction, the height, and the LSPD name written in a corner. It can activate a microphone to hear distant conversations and is implemented with thermal vision (much like Sniper Rifles in missions). The limitations of the device include a signal lost when the objective is hiding behind a solid structure unless thermal vision is used. In Grand Theft Auto Online, the camera can be used by the co-pilot to tag players for the pilot to see. In the enhanced version of GTA Online, it is revealed in a specific Vehicle Cargo Steal Mission that the scanner can also scan license plates of vehicles.

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3D Universe

The Police Maverick flyable by the player controls similarly to a normal Maverick, differing only by its ability to pitch steeper than a regular Maverick (especially in games prior to GTA IV), due to the slightly decreased mass (4,500kg vs 5,000kg of the normal Maverick). The Police Maverick has a slight better top speed and handling, given its usage as a police vehicle. While it does not have weapons or an average resistance, the Police Maverick is still a good choice for flying around the city.

3D Universe Overview

Aircraft Statistics - 3D Universe
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
N/A 124 / 200 / 108 Petrol N/A 4500 / 9921
N/A N/A Single turboshaft engine, 2-bladed rotor Middle/Rear Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Police Maverick appears to have a similar performance to its civilian counterpart, being easy to control, useful for navigating through the city. Its single turboshaft engine provides good power output for its blades, allowing for controllable movements, at the cost of being rather slow compared to the powerplant of the Annihilator or the small size of the Buzzard. In other words, the Police Maverick performs averagely, just like the standard version.

Because of the rather exposed cockpit, the front occupants may get shot from enemies in tall places or armed with assault rifles, considering the lower windows may be a weak spot for them when flying above these.

GTA IV Overview

Aircraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
N/A 99 / 160 / 86 N/A N/A 4500 / 9921
Website Statements
N/A N/A Single turboshaft engine, 4-bladed rotor Middle/Rear Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

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The Police Maverick has mediocre performance compared to other helicopters. However, as a freely available helicopter, it can be used for quick extractions or escapes. The aircraft is fairly maneuverable and has a descent airspeed. However the Police Maverick's speed falls short of luxury helicopters such as the Swift or attack helicopters like the FH-1 Hunter. Its climbing rate remains average for a transport helicopter and has an average weight.


The helicopter is unarmored and only two shots from the Heavy Sniper will be enough to damage the engine, although it can fly for a little over two minutes before the engine completely fails. Just like every other unarmored helicopter, the Police Maverick will be destroyed in only one hit from a standard explosive. Against the Heavy Sniper Mk II equipped with explosive rounds, the helicopter will only take two to three hits. Because of its decent maneuverability, the Police Maverick is able to avoid standard homing missiles but, just like all helicopters without countermeasures, fails to avoid missiles with better tracking fired from the vehicles such as the: Deluxo, Oppressor Mk II, or Ruiner 2000.  Due to the open cockpit, the front occupants are very exposed to gunfire.

GTA V Overview

Aircraft Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Take-Off Speed
(0-60 knots in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh / knots)
Vertical Climb/ Descent Rate
Engine Type Engine Location Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
N/A 99 / 160 / 86 N/A N/A N/A 6500 / 14330 100
Website Statements [?]
Observed / First-Person Airspeed Indicator (Enhanced version)
N/A N/A N/A Single turboshaft engine, 3-bladed rotor Rear Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
(per shot) [?]
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
0 2 50 / 164 1 N/A N/A
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A Cannot be determined N/A N/A N/A
Rockstar Games Social Club [?]
Fire Rate/Speed
Clip Size

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3D Universe

HD Universe

Special Variants

3D Universe

Grand Theft Auto Online

Air Ambulance

In Grand Theft Auto V, there is a medical version of the Police Maverick, dubbed the "Air Ambulance". While this variant retains the Police Maverick design and name, the liveries have been changed into that of a medical variation.

File Color Set Window Tint? Livery? Mod Kit
N/A No PoliceMaverick-GTAV-Details2 No

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

The Lost And Damned

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto V

  • In The Long Stretch, police arrive in two Police Mavericks as an attempt to take out Franklin, Lamar and Stretch.
  • In Eye in the Sky, Trevor must assist Franklin in the theft of the Z-Type using the Police Maverick's equipment.
  • In The Paleto Score, a NOOSE team confronts the crew in a Police Maverick, but it is taken down and crashes into a nearby building.
  • In The Big Score, Police Mavericks are seen in both approaches.
    • In the Subtle approach, one attempts to take out the crew's Gauntlets and a second one appears in the cutscene trying to locate the suspects (which were already hidden in the trucks).
    • In the Obvious approach, one is seen deploying NOOSE agents in a nearby elevation trying to take out the crew and two are seen carrying LSPD officers with the same objective.

Grand Theft Auto Online


Like the Police Helicopter in Grand Theft Auto III, pursuing Police Maverick appears at a 3-stars wanted level. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the helicopter is usually always parked on the roof of the main police station of the city.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • On top of the LSPD Headquarters rooftop in Pershing Square, Los Santos after completing the mission Learning to Fly.
  • Can be acquired in mid-flight during a police chase by climbing on the top of a crane and hijacking it when it flies by.
  • Can also be acquired during Breaking the Bank at Caligula's. The player is, at some point, tasked to parachute to a rooftop and use it to escape (though this is optional). It is possible to store it simply by parking it inside the Verdant Meadows hangar then walking onto the red marker to complete the mission.
  • Police Mavericks can frequently be seen flying over gang controlled neighborhoods in Los Santos and San Fierro when the player lacks a wanted level. If the player obtains a wanted level while one is nearby, they won't give chase unless the wanted level is three stars or higher.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • This helicopter does not spawn anywhere and can be only obtained through the use of Cheat Devices or Action Replay codes. The Police Maverick chasing the player at a three-star wanted level is, in fact, a different helicopter.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • On the roof of the Downtown police station (after the mission From Zero to Hero is completed).
  • On the roof of the Washington Beach police station (before and after the mission From Zero To Hero).

Grand Theft Auto IV + Episodes from Liberty City

The Police Maverick does not spawn on top of police stations like in previous games, so the only way to obtain one is by using the Helicopter Sniping Trick using one of two methods:

  • 1st Method - Obtainable by sniping the pilot, making the helicopter slowly hover to the ground undamaged. It only works 50% of the time; the rest of the time the Police Maverick will spin rapidly around in circles, hitting the ground with fierce force and exploding. Also obtainable by an even more frustrating process in which the helicopter is disabled at a low enough altitude that all occupants live, and then the Police Maverick is pushed into a safehouse Parking Spot. That method probably works less often than the previous. Other than that, you can only fly the Police Maverick in multiplayer Race Mode.
  • 2nd method - Go to middle of the pond in Middle Park and snipe people until a three star wanted level is obtained. When the helicopter appears, shoot the pilot from the side. If it falls in shallow water, the player may obtain it. Since the Police Officers will not try to swim to the island to go after the player, they will have plenty of chances to get the Police Maverick before the Annihilator appears.

NOTE: If the player manages to lure the helicopter over the pond in Middle Park, it will be easier to obtain, although the helicopter must have an open space and the water must be shallow.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • During the mission "Not So Fast", one can steal a Police Maverick when the player has to climb back on to the roof to get back in Yusuf's Buzzard by waiting a few seconds, when a Police Maverick will land on the roof.

Grand Theft Auto V

Police Maverick
Air Ambulance

Grand Theft Auto Online

Police Maverick
  • Sometimes found in the same locations mentioned above.
    • Will spawn more frequently when you or other players that are close to these locations have a 3-star wanted level or higher being pursued by Police Mavericks as this will work as a spawn seed.
  • Spawns on top of Mission Row Police Station during the Clubhouse Contact Mission of P.O.W at this location.
Air Ambulance


GTA The Ballad of Gay Tony - Tips & Tricks - How to get the Police Maverick

GTA The Ballad of Gay Tony - Tips & Tricks - How to get the Police Maverick


Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • The Police Maverick gives the player a Sniper Rifle upon entry.


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3D Universe

  • The Police Maverick is featured in Rockstar North's Manhunt 2 as one of the numerous unusable vehicles, bearing the VCPD's color scheme.
  • In GTA Vice City and GTA Liberty City Stories, while it is possible to spawn the slide-door Police Maverick that pursues the player, it will be invisible, and trying to enter it will crash the game, since the game will be looking for the missing door that does not exist on the helicopter. Even if it is controlled, it cannot be flown as pressing the "forward" key does nothing. It otherwise behaves like a normal helicopter, and it can be destroyed, either with the use of weapons or a cheat code. This is because, they are not supposed to be obtained, and require lots of modding to make it work properly.
  • In GTA Vice City, the machine gun actually fires from the back rather than under the belly.
  • In GTA Vice City, the red light on the back of airborne Police Mavericks is dislocated, and remain in the same place as its predecessor.
  • Police Mavericks can be seen flying around without a wanted level. They are not solid and do not have any engine noise. They also can not be destroyed, and their rotors are static. In the PC Version of GTA San Andreas, this is not the case, and they can be shot down by the player using the minigun or other heavy arms (which instantly grants a 3 star wanted level). In GTA San Andreas, Police Mavericks are most commonly seen patrolling areas of Los Santos dominated by gang crime, including Grove Street and Idlewood. They can also be observed flying around airports, presumably to monitor incoming and outgoing flights.
  • In the beta version of GTA San Andreas, there were LSPD Police Mavericks.[1]
  • GTA San Andreas is the only GTA game to date that lets the player turn on its powerful search light, but its direction can only be controlled in the PC version - in console versions, it moves in the opposite direction to the movement of the helicopter. The light can only be turned on at night by pressing Xbox left stick (Xbox), PS3 L3 (PS2) or Horn button (Default: Caps-Lock or H) (PC).
    • This function is unavailable on the mobile version of GTA San Andreas, due to the action button being unavailable. However, if the player connects a gamepad to their device and presses the action/sub-mission button, the searchlight can be turned on.
    • This feature doesn't seem to work on the HD remaster ports of San Andreas as pressing either the action/sub-mission button does nothing.
  • If the player manages to steal the Police Maverick in GTA San Andreas while it is in flight, the helicopter will remain hostile. For example, if the player parks the helicopter and gets out, the helicopter's underbelly will shoot at the player from the ground; this is due to programming limitations.
  • In GTA San Andreas, the pilot, gunner and co-pilot are named "Jim", "Dave", "Ned", and "John" respectively. (Jim: There he is kill him, John! John: Why do I always do the fuckin' killing?!") and (John: Jim, you see anything? Jim: Over there!! shoot him!) And (Hey, I can see my house from here!) (Dave, will you shut the hell up? You, stop!!)[2].
  • The mounted gun oddly bypasses any coding that would make the object/character invincible. For instance, it will damage the player even if the "Invincibility" cheat is activated. It also can damage a Rhino.
  • Despite a news article mentioning that the LCPD didn't acquire Helicopters until 2001, Police Mavericks appear in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, which is set in 1998.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, one of the pilots is called "Jimmy". (Co-Pilot: Jimmy, can you keep this 'copter steady?").
  • In GTA Vice City, the Police Maverick that chases the player is invulnerable to any forms of weapons but very vulnerable to the Rocket Launcher. Unlike other vehicles that explode into a black object, the Police Maverick explodes into pieces like glass. The destruction of the Police Maverick awards the player $250 and half wanted star.
  • In GTA: San Andreas, saving and Loading a game at the Jefferson safehouse will usually cause a Police Maverick to spawn outside. A nearby gang member will usually flee on foot, even abandoning any vehicle they were driving. At night, the Police Maverick will use their searchlight to follow the gang member.

Grand Theft Auto V

Cash and Carry- By Land-GTAV

One of the artworks of the Police Maverick. Note that it assumes the design of its real-life inspiration.

  • In one of the GTA V Artworks, the Police Maverick appears to assume the Eurocopter AS350B design, evidenced by the shorter rear doors and the different searchlight positioning, as well as a different livery, very different from the current one used by the vehicle in-game (excluding the "LSPD" on its underside, which remains the same).
  • In the first trailer, the Police Maverick was initially based on its GTA IV rendition with the current black and white scheme.
  • Unlike in GTA IV, Police Mavericks and buzzards are never used by the LSPD during wanted levels, but only by NOOSE agents. Only the ones used during certain missions and those flying above Grove Street, Vinewood, and Davis are used by the LSPD.
  • Police Maverick officers may talk through the megaphone quotes like "LSPD, hands up" and "Stop right there". They sound more muffled than the quotes read from the LSPD Cruisers, possibly due to their height.
  • In GTA V and GTA Online, Police Mavericks have a tendency to spawn from absolute nowhere very close and in-sight of the player; this can easily be noticed if the player is about to lose a 3+ star wanted level, or by flying in the sky.
  • Due to the fact that the "Air Ambulance" and the Police Maverick are the same vehicle, there is a glitch that causes an Air Ambulance to spawn flying around the Bolingbroke Penitentiary instead of a normal Police Maverick.
  • Although it requires a passenger to use the mounted camera, the searchlight can only be activated by the pilot (which can only be used by an NPC). This may be a developer oversight. This also goes for the Buzzard.


3D Universe

  • If the player shoots down a Police Maverick and lowers their wanted level below three-star through cheat codes, the Police Maverick will fly away as if nothing happened. Police Mavericks that fly away are also invulnerable to any form of damage.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • If the player shoots down a pursuing Police Maverick and is busted or wasted near the same moment the Maverick explodes, they will sometimes automatically regain a 4 star wanted level if they respawn at a Police Station or Hospital in the vicinity of the wrecked Maverick.
  • Getting into the Police Maverick before unlocking the next island will result in the game crashing. The helicopter will sound like it's starting up, but it will freeze and the helicopter will be on fire. This glitch is fixed in the 1.1 version (Steam).

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • If the player does a replay, then the Police Maverick will fly away after the replay is done or exited.
  • The AI-controlled Police Maverick may sometimes appear under the ground if using the Jetpack to shake the Maverick off multiple times.
  • If the player manages to steal the AI-controlled Police Maverick, land, and exit the helicopter, the helicopter will act like it's still controlled by the AI, albeit can't fly anymore. It will even deploy S.W.A.T. Team members if the player has more than 3 wanted stars.

HD Universe

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Once Niko gets out of a Police Maverick, the helicopter will start flying away and fall once it is realized that there is no pilot. This is because the game still reads the helicopter as AI-controlled. This will no longer happen when the player goes back to the safe house from a considerable distance away from it. This also happens with the Annihilator if it is obtained with the same method.
    • Holding XBox Y/PS3 Triangle to shut off the engine will prevent this.
    • Leaving the helicopter very close to the ground and then pressing Xbox LTrigger/PS3 L2 immediately before pressing XBox Y/PS3 Triangle may hurt the player a bit, but the helicopter will not suffer this glitch, as it will not have enough time to ascend by itself.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Sometimes, after a helicopter lands, the pilot will be alive (if the helicopter is still intact, but the engine is broken), it will be locked and the pilot remains in it, alive. Pointing a gun at him will make him flinch, although he will remain in the helicopter still. For example, the helicopter crashes into a suspect in a Jet, the helicopter might just stop working, but the pilot will stay in it and it will float down.


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