In some American cities, city bureaucrats are not selling the naming rights to their police helicopter; instead they are selling the helicopters. The Colorado Springs Police Department, for example, is selling its two Bell Helicopters for $350,000 each.
A number of other police departments, including Tulsa Oklahoma, Oakland, San Bernardino and Corona in California, have either grounded or eliminated their helicopter units.
The reason cited in all the above mentioned cases is budget constraints. When it comes down to boots on the ground as opposed to an ‘eye in the sky’, these American police agencies are choosing the boots.
Winnipeg being flush with money, and having fully stocked libraries, no potholes, a fine rapid transit system etc. is bucking the trend. Up to this point the city has made the purchase of a helicopter contingent on the Province picking up the operating cost estimated to be in the range of a million dollars a year.