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MTYT: SABLE helicopter helps fight crime

We have a great crime-fighting tool right here in New Hanover County.  It's called the SABLE helicopter.

Our news reports have shown you time and time again how the police have been able to capture their subject quickly and efficiently with the use of SABLE.

But we also get a lot of calls in the newsroom when SABLE takes flight.  People want to know why and they question the dollars spent on that resource.  And I understand their concern.  But I also think it's an effective tool for crime fighting and better yet, crime prevention. 

We may not agree each and every time SABLE is used.  Not too long ago we told you how the helicopter was trying to catch a "peeping-tom."  But there is a dedicated SABLE crew, and their effectiveness at fighting and deterring crime is commendable.

Kudos to the Wilmington Police Department for increasing its policing effectiveness and for helping set a good example by sharing those resources with other agencies in the region - namely - Leland and New Hanover and Pender counties.

But that leaves one big unanswered question.  Why isn't Brunswick County on board as well?  That could make the program "fly" even better.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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