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The Maryland State Police Aviation
Command is a public safety organization. Its
mission is to protect and improve the
quality of life through the airborne delivery
of emergency medical transportation, law
enforcement, search and rescue, homeland
security and disaster assessment services
to citizens of the State of Maryland and its
neighbors 24 hours a day.
"...the Maryland State Police changed
the face of Emergency Medical
Services in this country when we
completed the first civilian Medevac in
the country in 1970."
~ Major James Hock
LAPD Air Support Division - The
Los Angeles Police Department’s airborne
law enforcement program began with one
helicopter in 1956. Today, the Air Support
Division (ASD) is the largest municipal
airborne law enforcement operation in
the world, and boasts the nation’s largest
rooftop heliport.
When I began my police career in 1971,
Baltimore had followed the lead of the
Maryland State Police in police aviation.  
The Baltimore aviation unit consisted of
five helicopters dedicated to the support
of police ground units.  At least one ship
was in the air 24 hours a day.  When you
needed the helicopter, its response time
was usually under two minutes.

The Vietnam War had produced huge
numbers of expert helicopter pilots, and
there was never a shortage of police
officers competing for the assignment of
Ariel Observer.  Not a lot has changed for
the missions of police aviation in the past
four decades, but a lot has changed
when it comes to the numbers of aviation
units in existence, and the technological
advancement of the those flying
machines. Gone are the days when the
only hi-tech gadgets the helicopter
carried were its radio and spotlight.  
Today's police helicopters can be
equipped with a wide array of surveillance
and communications equipment to
include infrared sensor devices and color
TV cameras.
Police
Aviation
Maryland State Police Aviation Command
"Police aviation comes at a
high financial cost, but no one
can deny the benefits from its
existence." ~ Barry M. Baker
Police aviation comes at a high financial
cost, but no one can deny the benefits
from its existence.  The only complaint
you'll ever hear from a police officer is
when the helicopter may not be
immediately available.  When it comes to
Medevac operations, tens of thousands
already owe their lives to the police
helicopter.

If you join a police department with an
aviation unit, you'll soon appreciate its
existence.  Even if your police
department doesn't have a helicopter,
your department may well have an
agreement for an air response from a
neighboring jurisdiction that maintains an
aviation unit.  

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