Houston Police Department Air Support Division
The mission of the Houston Police Department Air Support Division is to utilize the unique resources assigned to the Air Support Division to support the broader mission of the Houston Police Department, enhancing the quality of life in the city of Houston by working cooperatively with the public to prevent crime, enforce the law, preserve the peace, and provide a safe environment. The division’s primary mission is to support other divisions in the department and other local law enforcement agencies in the furtherance or completion of their overall mission and task.
The unit was formed in 1970 using Schweitzer 300’s for training and patrol flights. Since then, the unit has upgraded to 8 - MD500E model aircraft equipped with FLIR, Moving Map, Night suns and Downlink for patrol duties. The unit has one Cessna 182 for surveillance missions and one Bell 412EP for Search and Rescue missions. The Bell 412 is also equipped to fight fires using a Bambi Bucket.
The unit currently schedules 8 hours a day for patrol flights with frequent call out flights on a as needed basis. There are 28 classified officers assigned to the division for 24 / 7 coverage of the city. Attendees will receive a special behind the scenes look at the operations of this special police unit and how it is integrated into the HPD enforcement and emergency management strategies. You will be able to interact with officers and pilots, as well as experience tactical and operational scenarios. This is a limited tour so sign up early.