Airborne Law Enforcement ~ A Photographic Essay
by Christian L. Memmott
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About the Book
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.
After growing up on the East Coast, Christian made his way westward and ultimately realized a childhood dream of becoming a Police Pilot. Christian started flying in 1987. For several years he owned a graphic design studio in Northern California and later became a Police Officer with a busy police department in the Sacramento Valley. There he worked on patrol and in other various assignments. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation from Utah Valley University. Later he became a Sheriff's Pilot and Deputy. His official Law Enforcement Aviation Career began with the Butte County Sheriff's Department as a pilot and flight instructor. He was assigned to a narcotics task force flying fixed-wing aircraft during surveillance missions and helicopters for search & rescue, marijuana eradication and other special operations. His stories and experience are endless. This book is the result of his love for law enforcement and aviation.