The Winnipeg Police Service may have to downsize to a smaller helicopter due to budget constraints. The Manitoba provincial government may not provide as much funding to operate the helicopter as the City of Winnipeg anticipated.
This has caused the City to look for a lighter helicopter that is better on fuel consumption. The helicopter program will go ahead said mayor Brian Bowman. “But we will have to reduce the overall budget, in whatever form that takes,” stated Bowman.
Below are some new models that the Police and City are looking at:
The Police are hoping the revised budget will at least let them buy a helicopter with an enclosed seating area. As the temperatures in Winnipeg in winter at 500 meters up could get down to -50 C.