Ohio police department may stop using helicopter

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A northwest Ohio police department may have to stop using its helicopter if it can’t get enough money to pay for its upcoming mandatory overhaul.

Toledo Police Chief George Kral tells The Blade newspaper (http://bit.ly/25c8wQH ) he’s looking for grant money to cover the $300,000 expense that will be due soon.

Toledo paid $500,000 for the helicopter in 2001. It was funded by a federal grant and department funds.

The department has used the copter for surveillance, night patrols and other emergency situations.

An overhaul is required every 2,200 flight hours or after 12 years.

The chopper last received an overhaul in 2005 with a federal grant.

Police officials say the chopper could be sold or scrapped if the aviation program is dropped.


Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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