It's been nearly a decade since the City of Colorado Springs abandoned its police helicopter program during the great recession. Now that the economy has rebounded, News5 is asking if the helicopters could come back to the Pikes Peak region.
News5's Zach Thaxton finds out officers miss the helicopters, which can help make pursuits safer and add to a higher success rate for capturing criminals.
"That one observer in the aircraft, using state-of-the-art equipment, is equivalent to so many officers on the ground, and a great example of that would be searching for a lost child," explains an officer who was part of the CSPD program.
But with a sky high cost of $4 million per year the expense was too much for the city. As we found out current city leaders aren't eager to bring them back anytime soon, if ever.
Watch Zach Thaxton's full report Monday, November 6 on KOAA News 5 at 10 p.m.