|Wednesday, September 21, 2011 – Anne Kramer|
|The Baltimore Police Department will be receiving four new helicopters to replace what officials call an aging fleet.
The City Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved $9-million to purchase the new helicopters.
Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the current fleet is 12 years old and the helicopters are near the end of their lifespan. He says fixing them and replacing outdated equipment on board would have been costly.
The goal is to have the new choppers in the city by the middle of next year.
Guglielmi says the City will pay three million of the total cost for the helicopters. One million dollars will be paid out of the City’s asset forfeiture fund and the rest he says will be financed and handled by police.
Foxtrot last year responded to more than 7700 calls for service and assisted in more than 33 support missions for police officers on the ground according to Guglielmi.