BURBANK — The Police Department is testing a three-way helicopter patrol system with Glendale and Pasadena, seeking to improve efficiency as the city scrambles to trim its budget.
The Burbank and Glendale police departments, which formed a helicopter partnership two years ago, say their joint venture has been a success and are pooling their helicopter resources with the Pasadena Police Department on a trial basis. After the initial success of sharing a three-city patrol area two days a week between November and January, they are now taking the program four days week, said Capt. Bob Mulhall of Pasadena Police Air Operations.
“Our helicopters are working with Glendale’s and Burbank’s to respond to wherever the highest-priority call is,” Mulhall said. “From November to January, we were trying the partnership two days a week, and it worked fine. Now we’re trying it four days a week until the middle of March to determine the pros and cons.”