Illustrated with full-color photography, Airborne Law Enforcement is an artistic, informative, and fascinating look at the ways in which police aviation contributes to keeping the peace.
Aviation in law enforcement has never been more critical than it is today. More than once an aircraft—be it fixed-wing or helicopter—has been responsible for isolating the bad guy and keeping him at bay while ground forces close in. With today’s sophisticated and technologically-equipped criminal, every resource must be brought to bear in the painstaking art of gathering evidence and ultimate apprehension.
Aircraft and piloting in law enforcement is a resource that cannot be underestimated. Today, as historically, fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters are utilized in a variety of missions, ranging from surveillance to transporting criminals. Police pilots are a breed unto themselves and are forever endangered not only by the nature of their missions but by the prospect of inclement weather and precarious terrain. From a raid on a marijuana field high in the Siskiyous to tracking an erratic Interstate getaway, police pilots and their aircraft play an indispensable role in achieving desired results.