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The Winnipeg police helicopter Air1 as captured in a 2011 file photo.

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The Winnipeg police helicopter Air1 as captured in a 2011 file photo.

Ordinarily I choose to ignore letters that take malicious and uninformed cheap shots at the Winnipeg Police Service. However, I feel a rebuttal is necessary to Gary Hook's June 14 letter regarding the police helicopter Air1 circling Investors Group Field during the first Blue Bomber pre-season game.

The sole reason for Air1's presence at the game was that a member of the WPS traffic unit had the foresight and initiative to utilize the helicopter to analyze and videotape the entire traffic situation unfolding below. The information gleaned from this officer's initiative will be critical in devising a strategy that will ensure the success of future events.

A smooth flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic into and out of the new stadium is of utmost importance to the Winnipeg Football Club and the City of Winnipeg and is absolutely crucial for the success of this new venue. I am certain that the vast majority of citizens caught up in traffic mayhem that night would be appreciative and supportive of the ingenuity and initiative demonstrated by this police member to ensure corrective action is taken to prevent a similar situation from unfolding.

Air1's priority is always emergency response and the flight crew would immediately divert from this assignment to attend to an emergency situation if required.

INSP. SCOT HALLEY

Central Traffic Unit

Winnipeg Police Service

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 20, 2013 A14

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