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Winnipeg police AIR1 — the year 2013 in review
Just a quick breakdown of what the Winnipeg Police Service helicopter got up to last year. Full report presented below.
- Budgeted: 1,000 flight hours (986.2 flown in 2013)
- Bird Strikes: 3 -- the last being in May 2013 (no significant damage or injury)
- Laser 'attacks' -- 21 between program inception and end of 2013
- Suspects in laser attacks apprehended -- 8
- Noise complaints -- 20 by 17 people (2011); 10 in 2012; 4 in 2013
- Public 'on ground' displays of helicopter -- 4 listed
- Busiest month -- May 2013 (105.7 hours of flight time)
- Average -- 82.2 hours a month flown
- Days of flight time lost -- 61 (maintenance); 32.5 (weather); 20 (staffing)
- Most frequent incident attended -- (domestic disturbance) 283 calls
- Least common -- (Stolen vehicle, abduction, graffiti, bomb threat, shoplifting) 1 each (not inclusive)
- Total incidents attended in 2013 -- 2,793
- Arrests linked to these calls -- 200
- Vehicle pursuits Air1 involved in in some fashion -- 30
- Call for service, busiest month in 2013 -- May (320 calls with 33 calls pre-empted)
- Flight density -- greatest over North and West ends of Winnipeg
- Operational costs billed to the province -- $1.518 million (2013), a rise of $190,621 over 2012
- Rough cost per flight hour to province -- $1,539.24 ($1.58 million divided by 986.2)
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About James Turner
James Turner rejoined the Free Press as a justice-beat reporter in August 2013 after a number of years away working at other media outlets, including the Winnipeg Sun and CBC Manitoba.
A reporter in Winnipeg since 2005, he got his first taste of the justice beat as a former Free Press intern, then as the newspaper's police reporter from 2008-09.
Among the topics he's eager to cover are youth crime, street gangs, child-welfare and how the mental health and justice systems intersect.
An avid blogger and early adopter of Twitter, James (@heyjturner) loves to write long, much to the frustration of his editors.
He despises animal cruelty. He loves 80s music and his tubby labrador retriever.
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