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City Councilors Ken Sanchez and Trudy Jones Sponsoring Legislation to Purchase New Helicopter for APD

The legislation will be introduced at the September 5th City Council Meeting

City Councilors Ken Sanchez and Trudy Jones announced they are sponsoring a resolution (R-18-72), to appropriate $5,200,000 to purchase a helicopter for the Albuquerque Police Department (APD).

The sponsoring Councilors were joined by fellow Councilor Cynthia Borrego, APD Chief of Staff John Ross, Deputy Chief Arturo Gonzalez, and APD Pilot Sergeant Will Taylor.

APD currently owns and operates an EC120B (H120) helicopter that is not well suited for full operation anymore, especially during the warmer months of the year. A new more reliable aircraft is needed to locate and apprehend criminals in a safer manner than pursuit using police vehicles.

“This purchase is not for a new toy. This purchase is for vital equipment and ensures our officers have the best, most reliable tools to assist them in reducing crime in Albuquerque,” said Councilor Jones.

Councilor Sanchez continues, “The introduction of this resolution is the beginning of the process, but we hope to have the new helicopter purchased in six to eight months.”

The resolution, R-18-72, will introduced at tonight’s City Council Meeting then referred to the September 10th Finance and Government Operations Committee Meeting. The $5.2 million will be appropriated from the City’s General Fund.