The other day we heard these guys on the zone. They were letting the troops know that they were available for request and no request too small.
Helicopters flown by Air Support include three Bell Jet Ranger helicopters and a Eurocopter A-Star helicopter. Staffed 24 hours a day, this high flying unit handled 1,466 calls for service in 2005 and was instrumental in 286 arrests, 68 assist other agency calls, the recovery of 55 vehicles and the eradication of marijuana plants.If you were new to Chicago you might of thought the following described the Chicago Police Departments Aviation Unit. In fact this is a description of the Memphis Police Department's Air Support Unit.
A little research and we found that Nashville Metro P.D. has 3 Bell Jet Ranger helicopters. Tampa P.D. boast 3 Bell Jet Rangers along with 2 military OH-6 (little birds) and 2 fixed wing airplanes.The LAPD with the largest Air Unit in the world has a total of 17 various models and 1 airplane. NYPD also has a large aviation unit but their website gives no insight to the number of aircraft in the fleet.
Cities from medium to large have aviation units and now Chicago can boast about its lone helicopter. Welcome to the new millennium