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WBW-TV Video: Topeka Police to Ground Choppers? Plus, Some Chopper Memories

Posted by tdepp on January 2, 2009

The Topeka Police Department’s helicopter force might be grounded after a series of serious mishaps.  WIBW-TV has the details in the report below.

But before that, one of my not so fond memories of Topeka is hearing that damn chopper buzzing Washburn University and the surrounding neighborhoods on what seemed like a nightly basis.  Sometimes they were after bad guys.  Sometimes they were keeping an eye on us stupid frat boys as we went on panty raids and snowball fights.  But during the 1970s and 80s, when I think Topeka and night, I think about the distracting thump-a-thump-a-thump of the “Topeka Air Force” and their damn search light.

Even when I lived in Houston, TX near a pretty bad neighborhood in the mid-1990s, I don’t remember so much helicopter traffic from the police or even news crews.

I don’t wish the TPD ill will wth the birds or anyone getting hurt but they were an annoyance on a nice spring or summer night.  I was never sure if they were an effective deterrent or if they helped much in catching the bad guys either.

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