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Escambia Sheriff To Close Helicopter Unit

By Staff Writer | January 22, 2009
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Pursuant to budget shortfalls that have plagued many cities, counties and states, Escambia County (Fla.) Sheriff David Morgan reports that he will have to close down the department’s 8-year old helicopter unit in order to save money. It costs $800,000 per year to keep the unit’s two surplus OH-58 patrol helicopters, three pilots, three deputy observers and one logistics manager operational; money the sheriff feels he cannot justify at a time when he has to slash $6.5 million from his $79 million budget. The closure is slated for March of 2009. For related news


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