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King County has new $3.4 million police helicopter

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on July 31, 2008 at 6:52 am |
July 31, 2008 6:52 am

The King County Sheriff’s Office will show off it’s new Guardian One aircraft today at a press conference.

The new aircraft is a Bell 407. It was built in Canada and outfitted for police duties in Tennessee. A federal Department of Homeland Security grant of $3.4 million paid for the new aircraft, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The helicopter will be used in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties to fight crime, search for missing persons and be an asset in natural disasters or a terrorist incident. The office also has air contracts with the state Department of Ecology, Coast Guard and the King County Department of Natural Resources.

The Sheriff’s Office’s other helicopters are 1970s era and are becoming increasingly more expensive to keep in the air.

The new helicopter will be the primary aircraft used for police work. A UH-1N Huey will be used for rescues, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor and Snohomish County Sheriff John Lovick are scheduled to attend today’s press conference.

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