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Las Vegas police unveil new helicopter

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Posted at 7:30 PM, Aug 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-17 11:03:04-04

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has a brand new helicopter.

The helicopter, which is the only twin engine chopper in the fleet, will primarily be used for search and rescue in Southern Nevada.

The tail number for the chopper is N145DV. It was chosen for a special reason.

"As many of you may know, a little over four years ago, Officer David VanBuskirk was killed on a live mission during a nighttime helicopter rescue," said Chief Pilot Steve Morris Jr.

Las Vegas police say the chopper is able to reach hikers who may stranded in places that were previously unreachable by its older helicopters.

While the chopper is primarily for search and rescue, it is a multi-use helicopter and can be used for almost any emergency, including in assisting in evacuations if necessary.

The helicopter cost $9.6 million. But the police department believes it was money well spent and it will service the community for many years to come.

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