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Subject: Helicopters over my neighborhood recently
Category: Reference, Education and News > Current Events
Asked by: fourthgradeteacher-ga
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Posted: 19 Oct 2005 21:59 PDT
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Question ID: 582441
In the past week or two, there have been helicopters flying over my
neighborhood at night.  I would like to know why they have been there and if
there is anything that I need to be worried about in terms of my
family's safety.  I live in the Cambrian area of San Jose, CA.  The
helicopters appear to have been flying over Camden Ave., near Blossom
Hill Rd.  Thank you
Subject: Re: Helicopters over my neighborhood recently
Answered By: cynthia-ga on 20 Oct 2005 15:38 PDT
Hi forthgradeteacher,

No idea what's so interesting in your neighborhood that it takes
helicopters to police the area, but I have found the resources for you
to find out:

For starters, you could try 311, the non-emergency number.
To focus your call very directly, try this:

Air Support Unit (Fixed Wing/Helicopter) - (650) 960-0114

Police Department Phone List:

Community Policing Center
Under "Available Services" note you may ask questions about your community.

I think this is the closest one to you:

Oakridge Community Center
(Oakridge Mall) Westfield Shoppingtown
947 Blossom Hill Road (Located ground Level Garage A)
(408) 360-8350
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday & Thursday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM ? 6:00 PM

Police email alerts:
The web site is messed up, but scroll down. This is a good way to be
alerted to activity in your area.

San Jose Public CADmine - Online Police Data for your area.
Follow the links to enter your intersection (Camden & Blossom Hill) to
view statistics near that intersection.

An interesting and unusual way to get to the bottom of your question
would be to go on a "Police Ride-Along." Information is here:

Q. Can I go on a police ride-a-long? (under Miscellaneous)
..."A. Yes! Every first Wednesday of the month, we hold a ride-a-long
orientation which is mandatory for all persons. Everyone who plans to
go on a ride-a-long must sign-up a month in advance because we have to
background the participants. When you call we will need to know your
DOB, address, phone number and full name..." - Discussion Boards
News Forum

An interesting article:

Here's radio frequencies in your area:

Radio Show Transcript that was about San Jose Air Support Unit

San Jose Public CADmine - Online Police Data for your area.

I hope this helps you sleep at night!


Search terms used at Google:
"San Jose" Police
"San Jose" Cambrian helicopter neighborhood flying overhead
"San Jose" Police "air support unit"

Request for Answer Clarification by fourthgradeteacher-ga on 21 Oct 2005 15:19 PDT
Hi Cynthia,
  I don't have any idea either, that's why I asked the question. 
Thank you for finding all the resources for me in one consolidated
place, your reply.
  If you could please find the answer, instead of resources where I
can find the answer, I would appreciate it.
Thank you,

Clarification of Answer by cynthia-ga on 27 Oct 2005 22:41 PDT
I didn't have much luck finding out exactly what they were doing,
however the non-emergencyy line assured me there was no threat to the
public safety. Sorry I couldn't find out more specifics.  Would you
like me to ask the editors to remove my answer so someone else can
give it a try?
Subject: Re: Helicopters over my neighborhood recently
From: goober46-ga on 22 Oct 2005 21:55 PDT
This comment is also for Cynthia -- I apologize for putting here, but
I am a total newbie.
Cynthia, thanks for your comment to my my question about the mystery
power cord. I do speak Russian and think that the link you sent me --
to a car owners' group discussing an auto cord for an electric cooler
probably means that is cord is also for my heating pad. I closed the
question before I could thank you.
FGT - pardon me for intruding on your question. I flew in army
choppers 10 years ago as part of a drug interdiction program where we
used FLIR (forward looking infrared radar) to find people growing pot
in their attics. We always flew "blacked out (without lights)"

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