Air 1 Police Chopper Back in the Skies with Loaned Camera

Air 1 Police Chopper Back in the Skies with Loaned Camera

Winnipeg Police Air 1
Air 1, the Winnipeg Police Service helicopter (HANDOUT / FILE)

WINNIPEG — Air 1 has resumed flights after RCMP in Alberta loaned Winnipeg police an on-board camera.

The police chopper has been mostly grounded lately due to mechanical issues with its aging infrared camera. Funding for the new camera, known as FLIR, comes at a cost of $580,000 and has since been secured by the police board through the city and province.

Until that new camera can be installed, the WPS will use the Alberta loaner model.

“Members of the Flight Operations Unit will continue to serve the community by providing support to all operational and investigative Service units in the detection of criminal acts and the apprehension of suspects,” police said in a statement.

— Staff

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