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Tactical Helicopter Missions How to Fly Safe, Effective Airborne Law Enforcement Missions,

Many law enforcement units in the U.S now employ aviation units. With this growth has come the need to advance the mission and capabilities of airborne law enforcement.

The main emphasis of this book strives to explain why certain law enforcement helicopter tactics and procedures are safer and more effective than others. The author, whose subject matter expertise has been attained after many successful years of experience as a tactical flight officer, pilot and flight instructor, and through a sharing of his experiences with the reader, captures the intricate nuances of the unique and specialized profession of airborne law enforcement.

He successfully summarizes the tactical excellence needed to transform the science and technology of police air support into a masterful art. A well trained aircrew that is proficient with their tactics, technology, and each other will significantly enhance the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of officers on the ground.

When an aircrew is overhead, providing patrol support, suspects are much less likely to continue their criminal activity or escape. The missions that aircrews perform, however, are only part of the equation; how they perform them is what makes the difference between an effective aircrew and one that is less effective. By reading this book, aircrews will become more proficient with their tactics, technology, and are much more likely to be safer and better at what they do.

 

1. CREW QUALIFICATIONS AND TACTICAL EQUIPMENT

  • Crew Qualifications
  • Tactical Flight Officers
  • Pilots
  • Crew Seating Arrangements
  • The Tactical Environment
  • Tactical Equipment
  • Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR)
  • Searchlights
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Maps
  • Binoculars
  • Public Address Systems
  • Night Vision Goggles


2. RESPONDING TO CALLS

  • Patrol Philosophies
  • TFO's Monitoring the Radios
  • New Tactical Flight Officers
  • Pilots Monitoring the Radios
  • Patrolling
  • Tactically Responding to Calls
  • Responding to Calls Quickly
  • Daytime Orbit Profiles
  • Watching Perimeters in the Daytime
  • Responding to Crimes in Progress
  • Crimes that Have Just Occurred
  • Reading License Plates
  • Responding to Urgent Calls


3. COVERING OFFICERS ON THE STREET

  • Alternative Orbit Profiles
  • Orbiting Tall Structures
  • Daytime, High Risk Traffic Stops
  • Nighttime, High Risk Traffic Stops


4. FUNDAMENTALS OF THERMAL IMAGING

  • Acquiring Objects with FLIR
  • Human Infrared Characteristics


5. INFRARED SEARCHES

  • FLIR Searches in Residential Areas
  • Aircraft Positioning During Residential Area FLIR Searches
  • Search Patterns in Residential Areas
  • Residential Area Hiding Locations
  • Directing Officers to Heat Sources
  • Canyon Searches
  • Aircraft Positioning During Canyon Searches
  • Canyon Search Tactics
  • Searching Dense Brush
  • Daytime FLIR Missions
  • Searching Commercial Rooftops


6. INDOOR MARIJUANA CULTIVATION

  • Legal Issues
  • Environmental Factors
  • The Briefing
  • Residential Area FLIR Scans
  • Aircraft Positioning During FLIR Scans
  • Conducting the FLIR Scan
  • Heat Anomalies


7. Vehicle Pursuits

  • Aircrew Duties During Pursuits
  • Video Recording Pursuits in the Daytime
  • Aircraft Positioning During Freeway Pursuits
  • Aircraft Positioning During Residential Area Pursuits
  • Maneuvering During Residential Area Pursuits
  • Pursuing Motorcycles
  • Overrunning Vehicles
  • Nighttime Vehicle Pursuits
  • Tracking Vehicles


8. FOOT PURSUITS

  • Daytime Foot Pursuits
  • Nighttime Foot Pursuits
  • Conclusion


Index

Soft Cover 136 Pages.