Ferguson: misuse of police budget on helicopters?

08/29/2014 2:08 AM

08/29/2014 6:23 PM

Some of the best-in fact, the only- outstanding reporting by The Bee lately has been in the area of investigative reporting. In the recent dialogue about police use of force in Ferguson, a more personal and intrusive use of police manpower has once again awakened and annoyed residents in my South Natomas neighborhood at 1:30 a.m.

In this case, as in most others, it was about very briefly looking for a missing person. Very rarely are these alerts related to criminal activity, which might be appreciated. At an initial neighborhood watch meeting I once attended, I asked the officer in attendance why there were so many helicopters overhead and was told "so much of the budget is allocated to this."

In other words, the officers were taking to the skies whenever possible. Is this the best use of police resources?

-- Lorraine Gervais, Sacramento

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