Brunswick Hops Onto Helicopter Program

Wilmington, NC – Brunswick County is hopping aboard the SABLE helicopter program.

The Wilmington and Leland Police Departments and the Pender County Sheriff's Department are already sharing the helicopter.

The chopper came to the area as part of a federal program that turns over surplus helicopters to local law enforcement. Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous says each department shares the operating cost.

And it's based upon the amount that you fly. You only pay what you fly, so it's a real positive win for everyone in southeastern North Carolina.

The helicopter will be updated with thermal imaging system and a video link, giving officers on the ground live video from an onboard camera. The new additions will be paid for with a roughly $250,000 Homeland Security grant.