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Iowa Town Puts Police Helos on Block

By James T. McKenna | April 10, 2007

Cedar Rapids, Iowa is auctioning off the assets of its police department’s aviation unit.  The city council in January advanced a budget that eliminated funding for the unit, which was launched 35 years ago with a Hiller and is the only police helicopter unit in Iowa. Its five pilots fly two OH-58Cs; in 2005, they were reported to have flown nearly 1,700 hr and assisted in 271 arrests. City leaders late last year solicited interest from county governments and neighboring cities to fund the unit as a regional resource to offset its annual costs of $500,000-plus. But that didn’t pan out. The assets up for auction, divided in 23 lots, are listed at the city’s Purchasing Dept. Web site. The lots are available for viewing through April 30. Bidding opens May 1.   For related news

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