Tulare Co. law enforcement gets new tool

FRESNO, Calif.

The Tulare County Sheriff's Office unveiled their brand new plane.

The modern plane operates similar to a helicopter and comes equipped with infrared cameras and other forensic tools.

But deputies say one of the best features of the plane is that it takes regular gasoline and only uses four gallons an hour, costing the sheriff's office only $35 an hour as opposed to up to $1000 dollars an hour for a helicopter.

"We can orbit a crime scene just like a helicopter can and we have all the equipment a helicopter has- the camera all in a stabilized platform and a high intensity spotlight as well, so really we can do most of what a helicopter does for pennies on the dollar literally," Capt. Dave Williams of the Tulare County Sheriff's Department said.

The plane will be flown by the Tulare County Sheriff's Office aero-squadron volunteers and will be used nearly every day of the week.

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