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Baltimore Adds Four American Eurocopter EC120s

October 26, 2011
The Baltimore Police Department has ordered four American Eurocopter EC120 aircraft to update its fleet of four aircraft, the company announced. The new helicopters will be part of a fleet renewal program and will begin arriving in summer 2012.

Long Beach Police Add Two Copters To Air Unit

October 7, 2011
Using asset forfeiture funds, the Long Beach PD purchased two 2003 Eurocopter AS-350B2 copters to replace two 2002 Eurocopters EC-130B4, which have been in service for nine years. The units will receive upgraded equipment to enhance their law enforcement capabilities via grant money.

Police Helicopters

October 6, 2011

Law enforcement agencies usually select helicopters for their airborne unit with the mission in mind—lighter, single-engine craft work well for patrol and surveillance, while larger-capacity, twin-engine craft are better suited for search-and-rescue operations. View our gallery of several of the more commonly deployed police helicopters.

Working with Tactical Flight Officers

October 1, 2011

Although many agencies are trying cost-cutting alternatives, it's been my experience as a field supervisor that there is no substitute for a helicopter in the air with a well-trained flight crew. Effective coordination between ground and air units is imperative.

California Agency Adds Third Eurocopter AS350

August 10, 2011
Each of the Air Support Unit's B2s are equipped with Spectrolab searchlights with 30 million candlepower, L-3/Wescam forward looking infrared (FLIR), and avionics for communication and navigation.

Clark Gable's Grandson Arrested for Lasering LAPD Copter

July 29, 2011
The grandson of Hollywood icon Clark Gable has been arrested for allegedly pointing a laser at a police helicopter. The Los Angeles Police Department arrested Clark Gable III, who has been charged with a felony count of discharging a laser.

Bell Helicopter Training Academy Launches Tactical Flight Officer Course

July 20, 2011
The two-part Bell Helicopter Tactical Flight Officer course includes an online academic session and resident hands-on training that presents officers with the "practical skills and active engagement needed for aerial mission success in a safe and controlled environment," according to a release.

ZuluLog.com Introduces Aviation Software for Law Enforcement

July 8, 2011
The new service is built specifically for police and emergency response agencies, and allows tracking of all aspects of missions, pilots, aircraft, maintenance, and scheduling, as well as secure document management.

Suspect Who Fired at LAPD Copter Arrested

April 25, 2011
Officers arrived to observe Danny Lopez firing at the police helicopter. Family members eventually tackled Lopez and held him for arrest. Police had responded to a report of gunshots in the 15700 block of Saticoy Street in Van Nuys about 6 a.m.

Military Surplus Vehicles for LE

April 6, 2011

The federal government's 1033 program allows law enforcement agencies to acquire special vehicles such as an amphibious LAV, Humvee, MRAP, patrol boat, helicopter or even a landing craft for specialized missions. The agencies acquire the vehicles via the federal Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO). Photos are courtesy of LESO.

LAPD Selects Cobham EFIS for Copters

February 25, 2011
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has announced the selection of Cobham to supply Synthetic Vision Electronic Flight Instrument Systems (EFIS) for their fleet of Eurocopter and Bell helicopters.

NYPD's Aviation Unit Rescues Stranded Cadets

February 21, 2011
Capt. James Coan deployed a helicopter and crew upstate to an Orange County cliff side, where Officer Steve Browning hovered his craft in 30 mph gusts, while the crew hoisted the cadets to safety.

Texas DPS Adds Two AS350 B3 Helicopters

February 5, 2011
In addition to law enforcement and patrol missions, the mission scope of Texas DPS now includes search and rescue, tactical operations and homeland security missions throughout the state. The AS350 B3 copters will give Texas DPS additional payload, range and endurance to enhance their capacity to respond to these vital missions.

Arizona Sheriff's Helicopter Crashes Near Tucson

January 31, 2011
Loren Leonberger, a civilian pilot, died at the scene, and three others were injured. Names will be released pending family notification. The helicopter crashed while scouting a location to help identify locations for future radio towers to facilitate communications in the area.

L.A. County Sheriff Hires Hanger One To Equip New Copters

January 26, 2011
Hangar One will add a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera system with live video-feed down-linking to each craft. An on-board GPS-based mapping system and multi-band digital radio communications will allow the aircrew to provide real-time support to law enforcement personnel and operational command centers.

Massachusetts Man Used Industrial Laser On Police Copter

January 11, 2011
The laser used by Sasso is designed only for light shows and industrial or research applications, not for use as a laser pointer or amusement device. It is at least five to ten times more powerful than an ordinary laser pointer and has a range of at least two miles.

Dallas PD Upgrades Surveillance Gear On Copters

January 5, 2011
The upgrades, made possible by a federal grant, included a BMS digital video microwave system, an upgrade of existing L-3 Wescam camera systems and auto-tracking, Avalex digital video recorder upgrades, and AFS engine inlet barrier filters.

Shots Fired: Scottsdale, Ariz., Helicopter View Footage

September 27, 2010
Multiple law enforcement agencies pursued auto-theft suspect Daniel Brown in the Scottsdale, Ariz., area after he stole a Krispy Kreme truck. Part of the pursuit was captured via the thermal images taken from a Phoenix PD helicopter. Read our "Shots Fired" feature article on the incident.

California Officer Trains Rwandan Police Helicopter Pilots

June 3, 2010
A new Robinson R44 police helicopter and airborne law enforcement program arrived in Kigali. The airship arrived with the latest police equipment including microwave down-link ability and the latest FLIR thermal-imaging systems.

Baltimore City Officials Target Police Air Unit For Elimination

April 14, 2010
The Baltimore Police Department could be the first major urban department to eliminate its helicopter unit in budget cuts proposed by City Hall that could also lead to the elimination of hundreds of officers from the force.
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