State Police could be Double Eagle’s newest tenant

State Police are hoping to make a big move to Albuquerque. They want to move their air team and chopper to Double Eagle Airport, into an almost $3 million hangar the city would build for them.

State Police are giving the public a bird’s eye view with their helicopter crew as they search for a fugitive.

“We just passed over Espanola and we’re just about to the area where we need to be,” said a State Police Flight Crew member in a video.

Their helicopter is based out of the Santa Fe Regional Airport, but according to Chief Pete Kassetas, they’re hoping to move south to Albuquerque.

“We’ve been working on a new location for the hangar,” said Kassetas.

Chief Kassetas said the facility at Santa Fe is outdated and the city of Albuquerque is building a roomy hangar at the Double Eagle Airport for just under $3 million.

“It’s centralized and for a few other reasons we will be in the same facility, Double Eagle, with Albuquerque Police Department and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department,” said Kassetas.

Under a pending deal, State Police would pay $12,000 a month in rent over the next 20 years, almost double what they pay for their hangar in Santa Fe. But the Chief said the benefits of moving will outweigh that price tag, because having his crew in Albuquerque alongside APD and BCSO helicopter crews will improve response times and help cover a larger population base quicker.

“Our air units work very closely together so for continuity, safety, for joining work forces to enhance what we do, we feel it will be a better fit,” said Kassetas.

The State Police Department is also getting a new ride. The State Legislature recently OK’d the purchase of a brand new helicopter, which should be here by June.

No word yet on when construction of the hangar will be done. The city council could sign off on the deal as soon as Monday, November 19.

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