Amarillo Area Will Soon Have D.P.S. Helicopter

Officers on the ground will soon have a little help from the sky. Law enforcement in the Texas panhandle will have access to a Department of Public Safety helicopter.

Officials tell us the chopper will be equipped with night-vision capabilities and will be able to help with natural disaster situations and police chases.

The helicopter will also be used for search and rescue missions in our area.

Currently, our area must use a similar helicopter that is based out of Lubbock. We're told the helicopter will be available beginning in July of 2008.