Sources within the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that deputies officially have a new toy.
The agency has just concluded the purchase of a $4.5 million helicopter, they said, which will be used to fight fires and assist with rescues of people who are trapped in difficult-to-reach locations.
According to a report by the San Francisco Gate, the new helicopter arrived about a month ago and it’s already been deployed on at least one fire-related mission. It’s not immediately clear how long the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department had been shopping for this type of aerial device, and it’s also unclear how it was paid for.
Although many law enforcement agencies budget for these types of purchases it’s also not unusual for police and sheriff’s departments to apply for state or local grant funding, which is then used to buy new equipment.
Regardless as to how it was acquired, residents and law enforcement personnel alike are pleased to learn the helicopter has a new home.