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San Diego Police To Put Helicopter Announcements Online

The San Diego Police Department announced Wednesday that loudspeaker public-address messages periodically broadcast from the sky by the agency's helicopter crews — often unintelligibly, many contend — are now available online, as well, for clarity's sake.

The airborne alerts about missing children, fleeing crime suspects and other pressing situations are now posted on the neighborhood social-networking site, as well as on, username @SanDiegoPD.

The service, which began this month as a trial program, was prompted by public complaints about helicopter announcements being drowned out by the chopper's roaring engine, SDPD spokesman Matt Tortorella said.

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