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Winnipeg police AIR1 — the year 2013 in review

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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)

Police helicopter report, winnipeg 2013

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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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