TPD to reduce helicopter usage listen05/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
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The Tampa Police Department has liberally used helicopters for surveillance over the past few years â€“ particularly in Ybor City and Seminole Heights. But flying and maintaining those helicopters doesnâ€™t come cheap, so copter usage will be reduced to save money as part of the departmentâ€™s plan to cut its budget by more than $1 million.
Major John Bennett, with the Tampa Police Department, says the city will begin using the five helicopters up to a third less and save more than $300,000 a year.