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  1. Just received an interesting tidbit of information from an informal ATIP request from the RCMP giving comparative operating costs for the new Airbus H145 helicopter and the older AS350-B3 model on an hourly flight hour basis, charged out during the Fairy Creek enforcement on Vancouver Island during June 2021: Airbus H145 on standby: $105/hour (crew); in air: $3,049/hour (capital cost & maintenance) + $420/hour (fuel) + $105/hour (crew) = $3,574/flight hour Airbus H125 (Eurocopter AS350-B3) on standby: $105/hour (crew); in air: $1,099/hour (capital cost + maintenance) + $200/hour (fuel) + $105/hour (crew) = $1,405/flight hour Although the air crew costs are fixed for both machines, the new H145 appears to cost more than double to operate on a per flight hour basis, as a larger twin-engine helicopter compared to the single engine H125. Only police forces in British Columbia and Quebec currently operate the H145. This is an important consideration for other police forces considering acquiring the capable and Transport Canada compliant H145 from Airbus. Forgot to mention. Expected operating lifecycle for both helicopters is 18 years. C-FDJB | Airbus Helicopters H145 | Canada - Royal Canadian Mounted Police | CJMAviation | JetPhotos AS350 B3 RCMP - Airbus Helicopters Canada
  2. I recently bought these two RCMP ERT patches represented here from an overseas buyer. I could not see anything comparable on the gallery under RCMP, and was wondering about their authenticity. The coat of arms looks a little simplistic compared to other crests that have been authenticized. Would any member be able to give some advice. Still like the look of them. The closest on the Gallery were ca-rcmp police p-212, ca-rcmp police p-213, ca-rcmp police p-210
  3. https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/other/surrey-police-board-set-to-create-city-police-force-at-first-meeting-thursday/ar-BB17D8Bw?li=AAggNb9&fbclid=IwAR3uTVxF2dO5O5_ywD8NAiiJGD7SArUzj_ONqpswxmZT1sgpMujL4hC-ZdE SURREY, B.C. — The first-ever police board meeting for Surrey, B.C., will be held today as the city moves ahead with a controversial plan to replace the local RCMP detachment with its own police service. Mayor Doug McCallum won election on the campaign promise to create a municipal police force in 2018 and the newly elected city council voted to terminate Surrey's contract with the RCMP. The B.C. government approved the change in February and appointed the board in June to oversee the new police service in Surrey, one of the province's fastest-growing cities. But the process caused a rift in the mayor's own civic political party as three members resigned from the Safe Surrey Coalition last year, citing concerns about costs of the new service and McCallum's approach. A 450-page report by former B.C. attorney general Wally Oppal concluded the shift to a civic police force would increase the operating budget by 10.9 per cent in 2021, taking into account the loss of federal subsidies and achieving wage parity with the Mounties. That's on top of millions of dollars in one-time capital investments Surrey must make in order to set up the new police department that's expected to "go live" on April 1 next year. Oppal's report says Surrey is an outlier as the only municipality in Canada with more than 300,000 residents that doesn't have its own police force, which would allow the city to better adapt to the community's unique needs and growth. Among the first items on the agenda today is a motion to create the Surrey Police Service, followed by committee assignments. The next board meeting is set for Sept. 15. A release from the police board says its nine members are tasked with hiring a chief constable, setting policies, overseeing the service's budget and assuming responsibility for any complaints. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 6, 2020.
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