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Cop chopper eye in the sky
Someone told me a couple of days ago about an interesting benefit of the Winnipeg Police Service’s new helicopter.
It has to do with stuff that happens mostly in the North End, but in other corners of the city, too.
With the chopper in the air, it’s easier for police to arrest drug dealers and other thugs.
Before the helicopter took to the sky, drug dealers, car thieves and other dirt bags ran from police. Sometimes a police dog would track them down, but a lot of times they disappeared into the night.
Now that Air 1 is in the sky, they don’t skedaddle as much, I’m told. They know that the helicopter crew can track them at night, so instead they stay put and try to hide.
That makes it easier for police on the ground to find and arrest them.
The observation is perhaps more anecdotal than anything at this point, with the police helicopter only flying for a few weeks, but it would be interesting to find out in a year if more bad guys are being successfully tracked by the police K-9 unit.
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About Larry Kusch and Bruce Owen
Larry Kusch has been a journalist for 30 years, the last 20 with the Winnipeg Free Press. His is one of the newspaper's two legislative bureau reporters.
Raised on a Saskatchewan farm, he received an honours journalism degree from Carleton University in 1975.
At the Free Press, Larry has also worked as a general assignment reporter, business reporter, copy editor and assistant city editor.
Bruce Owen joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1990 after four years working in other media.
He's worked in a number of positions at the Freep, including pet columnist, assistant city editor and police reporter. Right now he takes up space at the Manitoba legislature.
Bruce is one of five reporters who won a National Newspaper Award for the paper’s coverage of the 1997 Flood of the Century. He's also the recipient of the 1996 Volunteer Centre of Winnipeg Media Golden Hand Award and the 1995 Canadian Federation of Humane Societies Media Commendation Award.
In a past life Bruce worked at YMCA-YWCA Camp Stephens. He has a blog where he and others write about camp and the people who worked and played there.
You can also find Bruce on Twitter where he posts and retweets all sorts of stuff.
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