Submitted by IE on Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:40am.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Now that they share a helicopter, the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office gave Wilmington Police some big bucks to help pay for it. This morning the Sheriff gave WPD a $300,000 grant. It will be used to help support the sable program and to buy night vision goggles for the law enforcement helicopter. $270,000 came from a Homeland Security grant. It also includes $30,000 worth of equipment from the Sheriff's old helicopter. "I am excited about our new partnership with SABLE, and I'm just glad that we're able to assist and give this grant to SABLE to make it a more successful program," Sheriff Ed McMahon said. The funds will also be used to provide equipment to allow a live feed from the helicopter to officers on the ground. Equipment bought using the grant money must be purchased by July 31.

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