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HPD Acquires Second MD 500E Helicopter

The Honolulu Police Department recently acquired its second MD 500E helicopter. It will be used by the Specialized Services Division's Helicopter Section.

The primary functions of the Helicopter Section are to provide aerial observation and support to units of the HPD and related agencies. The section also provides special support to other operations including traffic monitoring, recovery of stolen vehicles, and the eradication of marijuana and other illegal drugs.

The Helicopter Section also assisted with search and rescue efforts for the two Marine helicopters that crashed in waters off Oahu's North Shore last month.