Springtime means Ripon Police Dept puts their Powered Parachute (PPC) back into patrol.
This is a unique Police tool that Ripon was one of the first to have one back in May 2009. Everytime my dog sees them overhead, he barks. I must say that I am always looking up when they are out patroling just because it's so neat to see. It's like watching a police motorcycle in the air.
Things I love about our local Ripon Police having this. They can patrol areas that are hard to reach by car. They can really see the bad guys in action. I love that it only cost $30 an hour to operate (how cool is that one!!) I'm sure the criminals don't like it but that's why we live here. It's a safe place to raise your children & enjoy life.
"The aircraft does not need a traditional runway, and there is no need for a traditional aircraft hangar. The aircraft can easily be towed to a desired location, and it can be deployed and flown by one Officer/Pilot. A second Officer can be added onboard to act as a Tactical Flight Officer. The PPC is commonly regarded as one of the safest forms of flight."....fun facts from Ripon Police Website