The shutdown of the federal government has grounded the San Jose Police Department’s helicopter for the time being, authorities said.
KTVU learned Friday that the helicopter -- based at Moffett Field – was being grounded indefinitely because federal ground crew that maintains the helicopter has been furlough because of the federal shutdown.
According to SJPD spokeswoman Heather Randol, the helicopter has been grounded since the shutdown began October 1st.
"The police department has an ongoing arrangement with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department in times when our helicopter is unavailable" Randol said. "So we have the capability to utilize their Star One helicopter when needed."
San Jose city administrator David Vossbrink confirmed workers who handle the helicopter facility are federal employees so the situation can't be resolved until the shutdown ends.
"It's like having a post office box but the post office is locked" said Vossbrink, "It's probably affected the Google planes based there too."
Santa Clara County Sheriff Deputy Jose Cardoza said its helicopter was in good condition and available for San Jose.
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