RCIPS: Police chopper needed

In order to get its finances in order, government is also making cuts and changes. Among them are selling the police helicopter, which the premier says is simply unaffordable for Cayman, and will save in excess of $1.7 million. Police are baffled at claims by the premier that he was planning on selling their helicopter. A spokeswoman says they want urgent clarification from the government, saying any sale would have a considerable impact on their ability to fight crime.

The spokeswoman adds, “Details of the sale had never been discussed nor has the impact of its loss been subject of any input by the RCIPS. We are seeking urgent clarification from government on this matter.”

Earlier this month police announced details of a plan to use the helicopter as a first response unit for medical emergencies. See story here

“The loss of the Air Operations Unit would have a considerable impact on our ability to maintain our current level of operational effectiveness.”

Police say the helicopter has assisted in numerous rescues, searches and support. In addition, it has helped track criminals after committing a crime.

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