Friday, October 20, 2017

Charleston County, South Carolina: Sheriff’s Office is Asking for a New Police Helicopter

CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office is looking to get a new helicopter.

They made a proposal to the Public Safety Committee on Thursday saying the two they have are nearly 50-years-old.

Sheriff personnel says air support is currently used to search for missing persons, boaters in distress and to assist law enforcement.

The cost is around $3 million for a new helicopter but officials say they cannot sell their current one in order to buy a new one.

“We would have to turn them back into the surplus program and it would be repurposed,” said Scott Martray, chief pilot. “It would be given to other agencies that could use them even for parts, but we would have to turn them back in – we can’t sell them.”

The helicopter they are trying to buy was built in 2012 and say the advance technology will help continue its mission to protect the citizens of Charleston County and surrounding areas.

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