22-Aug-2011 Source: HeliHub.com
Huntington Beach police helicopters will continue to patrol Newport Beach for now.Â The City Council has approved a 3 year contract to provide helicopter services to its neighbour at the hourly rate of $700, and allowing for 1,000 hours worth of response services and patrol time per year.
On July 30, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa ended their joint-city police helicopter program, Airborne Law Enforcement Services. The program also contracted services to Santa Ana.Â The next day, Huntington Beach began a temporary two-month contract with Newport Beach and Costa Mesa to provide police helicopter services.
The contract with Huntington Beach has a 60-day opt-out clause for either city, said Newport City Manager Dave Kiff.Â He indicated that the city will soon issue a request for proposals for helicopter services to find a private vendor to provide helicopter support, citing a need for ensuring their residents dollars were being used as efficiently as possible.Â So far they seem very happy with the service provided by Huntington Beach.
Newport currently has three helicopters grounded, which are costing the city money every day, and the City is looking at disposal options.
William P Johnson â€“ HeliHub.com US correspondent