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Southeast District RCMP may not lose its helicopter

March 26, 2015 - 2:29 PM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – The RCMP helicopter based in Kamloops may not move up north just yet according to an RCMP spokesperson who says the move is merely a 'recommendation' still under review.

“Our assessment of Air Services in B.C., recommends the re-aligning of these resources more effectively by moving one of two helicopters currently in the Southeast District, to our North District that currently does not have a helicopter,” Sgt. Rob Vermeulen, a media spokesperson, said in an email. “We are currently discussing the recommendation with the Province of B.C., our policing partners and other stakeholders."

If the move were approved, the district's second helicopter based in Kelowna would be used to cover Kamloops RCMP operations.

Vermeulen noted one fixed wing aircraft could move from the North District to the Southeast District, which covers Kamloops. He adds the Southeast District does not currently have a fixed wing aircraft.

Spokespeople at the Kamloops RCMP detachment previously announced the move would take place April 1.Vermeulen would not provide comment on when the move, if decided upon, would go forward.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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