Accession Number : AD1031027

Title :   Volunteer Flying Organizations: Law Enforcements Untapped Resource

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

Personal Author(s) : Laird,Christoper R

Full Text :

Report Date : 01 Dec 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 93

Abstract : Given the fiscal constraints of todays law enforcement environment, many local police and sheriff agencies are unable to fully implement an aviation division due to the inherent costs to operate aircraft and pay professional law enforcement pilots. To cope with the extreme costs, some smaller police forces around the country have relied on the help of volunteer civilian pilots to augment law enforcement based aviation operations. This thesis uses recommendations of the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) to provide a foundational understanding on the critical aspects of running a law enforcement aviation division. By using PSAAC as the foundation, this thesis compares the aviation divisions of the following agencies: California Highway Patrol (CHP), Monterey County Aero Squadron (MCAS), and Lane County Sheriffs Office (LCSO). Comparing the all-volunteer divisions of MCAS and LCSO to the professional force of CHP yielded a list of best practices for the law enforcement aviation community.

Descriptors :   theses , law enforcement officers , pilots , commercial aviation , public safety , law enforcement , homeland security

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE