Redlands, Fontana police share airplane, helicopter coverage

     

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin — It wouldn’t have happened 20 years ago.

dailybulletinFor about a month, the Redlands Police Department has been sending its single-engine Cessna 172 over to Fontana to help out with daytime aerial surveillance, and the Fontana Police Department has been sending its Robinson R-44 helicopter to assist with patrol work in Redlands, mostly at night.

“It is a great marriage,” said Stephen G. Tibbetts, a criminology professor at Cal State San Bernardino.

The effort began on the basis of handshakes, and a formal written agreement between the two cities is being developed, officials said.

“Twenty years ago, this would not have happened, not here, not anywhere in the country,” Tibbetts said, “because police departments have traditionally been very territorial.”

The article, which also appeared in The Sun, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Contra Costa Times and San Jose Mercury News, was published Oct. 29, 2012.

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