Take it from someone who has been pulled over multiple times , Unless weed is vacuum sealed in an airtight container , it can be smelled. If you smoke herb you are more than likely noseblind to the smell . Hense why most smokers have to put the bud up to their nose when trying to smell a nug. So I completely agree with cops being able to do this if you have recently smoked in the city , or if they have a dog on them they are probably going to be able to sniff out your product. Also note some cops are really cool on weed and will let you go for a few joints , other cops can be complete squares and hit you with maximum available sentence , it all depends on the officer and how you respond to the situation in my personal experience .Just like irl you have your "cool" cops and you have your "square cops.
Now I do AGREE with you on cops have way more utensils at their disposal and in NO situation would Air 1 be used in an IRL situation For a complaint on someone selling narcotics.As mentioned above though, maybe I could see it if they were in the general area , a quick search revealed it costs roughly 700$ an hour to fuel and maintain a helicopter (Less than I expected tbh) But still I seriously doubt that police are going to waste that much tax payers money to catch a street level pot dealer or even hard drug dealer for that matter. Also I do feel cop vehicles can take way more abuse than civilian vehicles especially in offroad situations , Let's say I'm on an ATV/Dirt bike or Lifted 4WD offroad vehicle , Is it really realistic for a city cruiser to fly off road right behind me and be able to keep up in most situations and take more of a beating than said off-road vehicle? Now keep in mind these are just my personal opinions and I'm just adding food for thought , not trying to argue or anything like that. Simply stating my personal opinion and throwing it out there for more debate on the issue. Overall I just feel like for rp sake the city could use a tad bit of re-balancing (it is still the best place I have had the pleasure of visiting). I feel like with a few tweaks it could allow for more intricate story lines and better rp .One more thing I'd like to touch note on is I have noticed A HUGE increase in police presence in each city , and I'm sure this has been discussed but I think it is a tad bit silly to think 1/4th of the server uniformed police (8 is the current number ? Correct me if im wrong! ) And how many more CID units? So we will say for sake of arguing 1/3rd of the people you meet in a city is going to be a cop ! That's pretty high odds if you ask me and make's it extra hard for any criminal on the come up. I also hear that the PD has a 100% conviction rate except in cases with gross misconduct(This is merely here-say I'm not exactly sure on this) , which is crazy good numbers for any PD . A quick search revealed "In recent years, the conviction rate has averaged approximately 84% in Texas, 82% in California, 72% in New York, 67% in North Carolina, and 59% in Florida." So I think we can all agree something is a bit off balanced in terms of Civ/Police balance , seeing as though no state in the US is close to our cities conviction rate!
Once again just wanted to state I'm not taking sides either ways , just stating my opinions/suggestions , Not looking for an argument !