City councilors team up to secure funds for new APD helicopter

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City councilors are stepping in to buy a new helicopter for the Albuquerque Police Department. 

Mayor Keller highlighted the problem last month when the helicopter was used to track down a man who shot at officers. 

Keller said had it been a hot day it would have been useless because it’s 17 years old and cannot operate effectively at high altitude. 

Now, city councilors Ken Sanchez and Trudy Jones are asking fellow councilors to approve money to buy a new one. 

Already this year, they’ve used it 44 times and could use it more often if it were more efficient. 

“A modern helicopter will allow us to do a lot more, especially with auto theft which has been one of the city’s biggest concerns in recent years,” APD Chief of Staff John Ross said. 

Councilor Sanchez says if the proposal passes, it could take six to eight months before a new APD helicopter is flying. 

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