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Sun August 17, 2014

Tulsa Police Have New Helicopter in Crime Fight

The old chopper was traded-in to help pay for the new one.
The old chopper was traded-in to help pay for the new one.
Credit Tulsa Police

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa Police Department has a new $2.8 million helicopter that will help officers safely track vehicles from above.

The Tulsa World reports that the 2013 Airbus AS350 B2 brings the department's helicopter count back to two. The department had been down to one helicopter since a 10-year-old model was sold last September.

Sergeant Nick Cory says the $1.1 million from the old helicopter's sale combined with $1.7 million from an old capital improvement plan paid for the new bird.

The technology inside the helicopter includes a monitor with the city's street names, addresses and more over whatever image the camera attached to the bottom of the helicopter is pointed at.