Houston Police Union Backs Helicopter Funding | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne On ANN

ADR 01.23.17

Airborne 01.23.17

Airborne 01.24.17

Airborne 01.18.17

Airborne 01.19.17

Airborne 01.20.17

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

ADR 01.23.17

Airborne 01.23.17

Airborne 01.24.17

Airborne 01.18.17

Airborne 01.19.17

Airborne 01.20.17

Fri, Jul 06, 2012

Houston Police Union Backs Helicopter Funding

Budget Slashed Last Year, Department Wants To Sell Two Aircraft

The union representing police officers in the city of Houston, TX, have officially backed the restoration of funding for continuous air patrols over the city. Last year, Police Chief Chalres McClelland reduced the number of hours flown by the department's 13 helos to three hours per day. Prior to those cuts, a helicopter had been continuously airborne much like patrol cars roam the city, offering what the union says was a way to very quickly respond to any crime scene.

The Houston Chronicle reports that police union president Ray Hunt says that eight members of the HPD aviation unit have been transferred to other duties. And while flight time has been increased slightly since the cuts made last year, the aircraft still only spend about 20-30 percent of the time in the air as they did previously.

City Councilman Mike Sullivan said the need to wait 10-15 minutes for an aircraft to be dispatched to a crime scene is "reactive" and "a horrible way to run an operation."

In an additional cost-savings move, two older aircraft in the department's 13 helicopter fleet have been put up for sale. In a statement, HPD Executive Assistant Chief Michael Dirden said that Mayor Annise Parker should consider a tax increase, apply for grants, or ask for assistance from neighboring municipalities if money cannot be found in the police budget to restore the air patrols. He said the department could double or triple the hours spend flying with the personnel currently assigned to the air unit ... but "it's a money issue."

FMI: www.hpou.org

Advertisement

More News

AMA Drone Report 01.23.17: AMA Expo West, Propel Star Wars Drones, Lily Folds

Also: Ready Made RC FPV Fest, ERAU Offering Drone Course, Second Drone Advisory Committee Meeting AMA Expo West was quite a transition for the ANN crew... who went from the insanit>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.23.17)

Aero-News Quote of the Day “The B-17F Memphis Belle is an icon that represents the thousands of bomber crews, maintainers, and others supporting the bomber mission, whose ser>[...]

Klyde Morris (01.23.17)

Klyde Bemoans The Highs and Lows Of A Change In Administrations FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]

Airborne 01.20.17: Astro-NIMBY!, Airbus Flying Car, JetSuiteX v KSMO

Also: Daher Delivers, Aviation Progress, Tecnam P2012, D.B. Cooper, MH370 Search, T-45C Accident, Piper We previously reported that studies indicate many complaints about airport n>[...]

AeroSports Update: Poberezny Estate To Be Preserved

Aircraft Spruce Acquires Poberezny Estate In Oshkosh, WI Anyone who is interested in recreational aviation is well aware of the impact Paul Poberezny and his family have made on fu>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC