Ripon PD Uses Powered Parachute to Fight Crime

August 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
An unusual new crime-fighting tool in one North Valley city will have police officers hovering over streets and backyards. A powered parachute is being used by police in ripen in San Joaquin County.

It seats two officers, can soar as high as 1,000 feet, and runs on regular unleaded fuel. Officers plan on using it to fly over neighborhoods and aid law enforcement when they're searching remote areas.

The powered parachute is stored in a trailer, and can be deployed in 15 minutes once it arrives at a scene.

The parachute is on loan from the U.S. Justice Department.

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