Scribbles Posted February 14, 2006 Report Share Posted February 14, 2006 Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 'Air One' police chopper unveiled (CBC) - B.C.'s first traffic enforcement helicopter will take flight next month, to help police spot and track dangerous drivers across the Lower Mainland. The chopper, dubbed, "Air One" was put on display by police and politicians at Vancouver International Airport on Monday. Solicitor General John Les says the helicopter will provide aerial support for police operations, and that the benefits of the new helicopter to the 17 municipalities in Greater Vancouver far outweigh the financial costs. "The $2.2-million dollar price tag is pretty small when you consider the potential lives that will be saved, and the increase in public confidence in the safety of their communities and their streets." Les also says it should reduce the chance of high-speed chases which put the public at risk. Both Calgary and Edmonton already have similar helicopter programs. Edmonton police Staff-Sgt. Rick Milne says the chopper is is a major help in his city. "I know that definitely we apprehend a lot more people. On average the helicopter catches about 350 people per year that would otherwise have got away." The helicopter's cost is being shared between the provincial government and the Insurance Corporation of B.C. It's part of the same program that includes the bait-car program. Picture >>>>> http://www.cbc.ca/bc/story/bc_helicopter20060213.html Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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