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Edmonton police to get new single-engine aircraft

policeJan 2, 2015, EDMONTON - Police will likely hover over Edmonton in a new single-engine helicopter instead of the twin-engined model they requested after councillors approved the purchase Tuesday with conditions.


January 2, 2015
By Edmonton Journal

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Jan 2, 2015, EDMONTON – Police will likely hover over Edmonton in a new single-engine helicopter instead of the twin-engined model they requested after councillors approved the purchase Tuesday with conditions.

Following hours of procedural wrangling, the $3.3-million deal passed 7-6 in what Mayor Don Iveson called “a prudent move.”

“I do support the aerial operations of the Edmonton Police Service.”

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The purchase price includes about $1.1 million to trade in Air-2, more valuable than the older Air-1.

Proposals to buy the twin-engined for $7.2 million, or two singles for a total of $7.1 million, were defeated.

But before any money is released, police must report back, likely next year, on where the chopper would be stored and maintained. | READ MORE


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