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Undersheriff talks about stronger policy for police fly-alongs

By Victoria Spilabotte. CREATED Jan 3, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police say they have cracked down on its policy regarding fly-alongs in police helicopters.

This comes after two police officers helped a Guns N' Roses guitarist with a marriage proposal in August.

The pictures of the fly-along were posted to Instagram and were soon being distributed all over social media.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Undersheriff Jim Dixon told the media tolday that they were not pleased about the fly along or about the publicity that it brought to the police department.

He also said that as a result, the policy has been strengthened to restrict who is eligible for fly-alongs.

Dixon said that now only officials can fly in a police helicopter and some civilians with a commander's approval but not rock stars.

Dixon also said that the pilot in the incident made an unauthorized landing during the fly-along and that he has been held accountable.

Pilot Ray Horsley has been take off of LVMPD's air support unit and the department recommended Capt. David O'Leary, who authorized the fly along, be demoted to lieutenant.

O'Leary retired on Dec. 20 before he could be demoted.

LVMPD says the new policy went into effect one week after the fly along happened.

 

Victoria Spilabotte

Victoria Spilabotte

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Victoria Spilabotte is the weekend anchor for Good Morning Las Vegas, as well as a general assignment reporter.