SHASTA COUNTY - New technology is helping California Highway Patrol keep the public safe.
The California Highway Patrol air operations division is using a new tool in the fight against crime.
On Saturday a hit and run suspect attempted to hide from CHP, Redding officers near the Birch Way and Wilshire Drive in Redding. Thanks to CHP helicopters “flir” system they were able to catch and arrest the suspect.
That day time camera became extremely helpful a few weeks ago when trying to locate a trapped car on the snowy road conditions on Mount Shasta. As you can see here, those citizens were found safe and sound.
So good in fact that on Friday they could get a clear picture of a suspect that managed to outrun patrol cars on a motorcycle but he couldn't outrun the helicopter. And as for those two helicopters here in the North State, they are state of the art.
And in this year CHP has been able to help people all across the North State.
“We are extremely lucky that we have two of each aircraft, we cover a huge geographical area so it is really helpful to have two helicopters and two aircraft we can spread out throughout the North State and do numerous calls at the same time. Instead of having to run back and forth,” said John Scala, an officer from CHP.
Now as you can see it is quite an impressive program and if you want to catch more of what CHP Northern Division Air Operations are doing.
If you would like to go to their Facebook page to learn more click the link here.