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.