When bad guys are on the run in Omaha you can bet that ABLE-1 is hot on their tail. ABLE -1 is the Omaha Police Department’s helicopter and visitors to the city often times see it circling the skies above.
Officer Jason Messerschmidt is ABLE-1’s pilot and says the helicopter recently received technology upgrades. They now have state-of-the-art high definition cameras that give them a crisp, clear of image of what is going on below. Those cameras allow the helicopter to stay higher in the sky, which is safer to the officers onboard, cuts down on the noise and helps them track pursuits easier.
They also installed equipment that can help locate guns, weapons, drugs and other items that are thrown by suspects while on the run. Officer Messerschmidt says, “The laser range finder will make a marker in our software and when a pursuit comes to an end we can direct cruiser officers to go back and look for this contraband.”
Along with HD cameras, the laser range finders they also installed GPS software that works in tandem to help direct officers on the ground.