The City of Cape Town is looking into expanding the use of the helicopter to improve safety after the Metro Police Department added a helicopter to their patrol ‘fleet’ during the festive season.
Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith said:
“This pilot project has also shown us that the use of the helicopter is far more cost-effective than we have assumed. We are so satisfied that we are considering the feasibility of reintroducing helicopter patrol flights to monitor daily traffic, given the challenge presented by congestion in our morning and afternoon peak periods, as well as crime combating and prevention in crime hotspots.”
The helicopter patrol cost the City of Cape Town about R250 000 during the festive season.
This announcement comes barely a week after Cape Argus reported that the City’s fleet of drones was gathering dust, while waiting for approval from the Civil Aviation Authority.
According to the City of Cape Town use of the helicopter had given them a “global view” of the several public attractions around the city on priority days over the period.
Executive director for safety and security Richard Bosman said:
“The helicopter has proven to be a useful tool, especially over our peak season. We are investigating the future use for purposes of traffic management and accident response with a medical trained person on board.”
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