Sun, May 21, 2006
The City of Chicago has
placed an order for a new Bell 206B3 for use by its Police
Department. Scheduled for delivery November 2006, the 206B3 will be
used for aerial law enforcement missions throughout the City of
Chicago. The new aircraft will double the number of aircraft
operated by the department. They currently operate a Bell Long
Commenting on the order, Commander Harold Hohm, of the Chicago
Police Aviation Division said; "We did a great deal of research
before deciding on a Bell 206B3 for support of our law enforcement
mission. Bell's reputation and history of providing quality
products and customer service greatly influenced our decision."
With over 5,000 JetRangers built since its introduction in the
206 series has proven to be one of the most popular helicopters for
use in law enforcement. Operating with police forces around the
world this reliable aircraft has logged over 40 million flying
hours over since the first delivery in 1967 providing airborne
police protection 24/7.
Director of Homeland Security Paul Pitts commenting on the order
said; "Orders like this go beyond making a sale. Everyone at Bell
Helicopter is proud to be able to provide products like the 206B3
to help the professionals in law enforcement like the Chicago
Police Department safely complete their missions. Bell Helicopter
has a long and rich heritage of providing quality products and
customer service to law enforcement other first responders.
Supporting these missions is about helping people and that's the
real benefit of vertical lift aircraft."
Bell Helicopter provided the first helicopter ever used for law
enforcement to the City of New York in 1948. Today some of the most
sophisticated airborne law enforcement aircraft in the world are
produced and equipped by Bell Helicopter.
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