Winnipeg police say its chopper has been grounded since mid-July, and is only now getting back in the air.
It’s all to do with an infrared camera they use to see things below. The current one is broken and officials have been trying to find a new one.
RCMP in Alberta have stepped up to lend them one for now, until a more permanent solution can be found.
Patrol Sgt. Rob Duttchen is head of operations for the chopper. He admits it hasn’t been able to do much lately.
“It is not engaged in patrol and response activities, that would be how I’d say it,” Duttchen told 680 CJOB.
Duttchen says the new camera will cost over half a million dollars but the police board has promised funding.
The future of the chopper in general is still up in the air. The province still has not even started a long awaited review of whether Air1 provides value for money.