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Law Enforcement

Sub-Contracted Helicopter Unit


Lets face it.  Most Law Enforcement Agencies cannot afford to purchase, maintain and staff their own helicopter unit.  How can we help?  We have helicopters, we have pilots, we have maintenance staff, we have a photographer/videographer, and believe it or not a Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Graduate that has a nose for the field.  We think that's a pretty good combination that allows us to not only get you in the air, but get the job done. 
 
Uses for the Helicopter Section
The Helicopter Section assists other department elements in the prevention of crime and disorder and the apprehension of criminals. This is accomplished by providing an airborne patrol unit, by making usage of our in-house rotor wing pilots and helicopters.  In addition to air patrol, the section is available to conduct aerial surveillance, photo flights (we have an in-house photographer/videographer) and public demonstrations. The section also plays a key role in special events, emergency operations and dignitary visits to the North Central West Virginia area.  
While airborne, the helicopter crew is utilized for any of the police functions listed below, and responds to those calls for service.  This is accomplished in the following way; Utilizing existing officers as “Observers” (henceforth called in document) to coordinate with ground units on your radio frequencies.  

Calls for service include:

• Outside disturbances

• Search & Rescue
• Armed robberies
• Burglaries in progress
• Suspicious persons/vehicles
• Prowlers

• Aerial Patrols
• Shots fired
• Missing persons
• Vehicle/pedestrian pursuits
• Chemical/hazardous spills
• Structure fires
• Hit and run vehicular crashes
• Checking roof tops

• Surveillance

 
The Helicopter Crew
A helicopter crew consists of a pilot and observer. The pilot is tasked with the safe operation of the helicopter and it’s systems as well as communication with other aircraft in the area and with the air traffic controllers of all local airport towers. The observer is tasked with directing the pilot to specific incidents, radio communication with the police dispatcher and officers on the ground and completing required written reports. The observer is also responsible for the operation of the spot light during night time operation.