Chief looks to the sky to fight crime

COLUMBIA (WACH / AP) â?? Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago is shopping around for a new tool to help fight crime from the sky.

Chief Santiago is hoping to by a gyrocopter, which will help with vehicle chases, searches for missing people and suspects, and traffic control.

The aircraft, which is smaller than a helicopter will cost between $70,000 and $100,000, most of which, according to the department, will be paid for with proceeds seized from criminal activity. A grant will also help cover the costs.

Currently, CPD has two pilots that will need several hours of additional training to be certified to fly the gyrocopter.

(The AP contributed to this report)