WINNIPEG – The city has decided to cover the remaining cost of getting the police chopper a new infrared camera.
Police asked the province for $100,000 towards the $560,000 camera.
The province said no, so the police board stepped in to pitch in the money.
Right now the province is reviewing whether the chopper is necessary in the first place.
Board chair Scott Gillingham says he looks forward to the results of that study.
“The board’s position is that provincial review of the helicopter program needs to be completed in order to make an informed decision about the future of the Air-1 program.”
Gillingham says once the province said no to covering the cost, the board was left with no choice but to say yes.
“This camera is a critical piece of the helicopter. The helicopter can’t do its job, ultimately, unless that unit is working.”
The province had previously approved $180,000 towards the cost through their criminal forfeiture fund.