ThePhysician posted at 12:33:24 PM on Nov 23, 2017:
Ah. So you say Police Chief Kral has no balls to stand up to the Mayor. Looks like Wade needs to replace such a wimpy man with a chief that will actually do something about crime. As for limited resources, let's see we had a police helicopter as a resource but I guess it wasn't really a needed resource since it was sold off. So what was that money put toward? More speed cameras?
Um. On the police helicopter.... You clearly are not recognizing the distinction between a resource (something that provides) from an expense (something that depletes).
It was a 2001 Robinson R-44, which was bought with federal funds. It was based out of the Life Flight hangar at St. Vincent. I don't know if you ever saw it, or rode in it, but it could damn near fit inside the regular sized helicopters, like Dauphins. The seats were lawn chairs with no legs. It was essentially a large drone. Let me put it this way, when they added an infrared camera, they had to relocate the battery to the tail cone to balance the weight. Ranchers use these out west instead of an ATV.
Anyway... it was "free" to us. The downside is that helicopters require a lot of maintenance. In fact, every so many hours, they are sent back down the assembly line where detailed inspection and component replacement are done at great expense. This is not optional. We somehow managed to get this done once, I believe. Federal grant, maybe? Then we stopped using it very much, which was good, because in those early years of "The Ghetto Bird" they, not being super good at hovering, would fly big circles over the ghetto for hours.
By recent years, we were coming up on another big time refit. Last November, it had 3779 hours and was due for a refit at 4,400 hours or November, 2017, whichever came first. There was an airworthiness directive that mandated the replacement of the main rotor by October 2017. There were no funds available locally or through grants.
Whoever paid $168,000 for this bird on including buyer's premiums has not been able to fly it for these reasons. It is a paperweight until someone throws maybe another $150k at it in maintenance.
So, your other points notwithstanding, dumping this flying piece of crap was one of the best decisions that has been made in recent years.