01/07/2016 21:02 EST | Updated 01/07/2017 00:12 EST

Winnipeg police department looking into whether it still will operate chopper

Winnipeg's police chief says his department is looking into whether it will continue to operate a police helicopter.

Chief Devon Clunis says it would be premature to commit either way to the future of the service, but says an announcement of some kind will be made within weeks.

The city is expected to table its budget next month.

The police helicopter was purchased for $3.5 million in 2010 and according to data on the city's website, is used for a wide range of service calls, especially domestic disturbances, traffic stops and reports of suspicious persons.

Clunis says some would say using the chopper to avoid one pursuit or save one life proves its worth, but he says it has to be looked at in totality.

The province pays for the annual operating costs.

(CTV Winnipeg, The Canadian Press)



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