It’s been my experience as a field supervisor that there is no substitute for some type of aircraft in the air to support your operations. My preference has always been a helicopter due to its versatility, but a fixed wing aircraft also has its place.

Regardless of what type of aircraft you use, it’s imperative that the coordination between ground units and flight crews be seamless and problem free. It’s also been my experience that this is easier said than done.

By POLICE Magazine