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US police paraglide on patrol

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A US police department is training officers to fly powered paragliders for search and rescue operations and surveillance.

The department in Palm Bay, Florida, is training four officers during a six month trial of the equipment.

Lt Mark Renkins is training on the machines and says it is much more fun than patrolling in a car.

Phil Russman, a glider instructor, says the police could get a lot done by using the paragliders.

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