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Winnipeg police justify airborne patrols

March 2, 2010  By Carey Fredericks

March 2, 2010 - After years and several failed attempts, the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) is poised to get its air support unit off the ground. As of press time it had passed all the required rounds of municipal approval, and money to buy and outfit a police helicopter was in the books.

The last step was to secure a commitment from the province to fund
operating costs, a decision expected to come down later this month.
Winnipeg, like other Canadian cities vying for similar programs, knows
the value of airborne patrols, a value that extends far beyond the
glamorous world of criminal pursuit portrayed in such U.S. television
shows as COPS. Below you can download a PDF of the complete brief
supporting the WPS helicopter purchase which lists a wide range of
benefits as well as some statistics from units in Edmonton Calgary.

Click here to download the PDF


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