Monday, February 12, 2007

here's some good news for the neighborhood Newslogs
Cleveland police are outfitting their second helicopter today with the tools of the law enforcement trade. These include a FLIR, short for Forward Looking Infrared, which allows police to see in the dark.

The helicopter is scheduled to return to service Friday after about three years in mothballs. The department's other helicopter was brought back last fall.

Former Mayor Jane Campbell grounded the police Aviation Unit in 2004 while coping with a budget deficit.

The helicopters, which originally cost about $1.3 million each, are being used about 20 hours a week, primarily during the night hours that have the highest number of emergency calls. Operating the helicopter costs as much as $150 an hour.

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