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APSA E-Newsletter : 2019 November

November 2019 Airborne Public Safety Association, Inc.
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In This Issue:

APSA On-The-Road - Certified Airborne Thermographer Course – December 2-4

APSA Offers New Course: UAS Tactical Operators Course - December 11-13

Register Early: APSA Rescue Summit at HELI-EXPO – January 27, 2020

Notice of Nominations for Positions on APSA’s Board of Directors

Chula Vista UAS Program Makes 130 Arrests in First Year

Airbus Aircraft Enters Service in Austria

Indiana County Sheriff to Add Hoist Capabilities

Slovenian Police Acquires New Helicopter

APSA Online Meetings: Holiday Schedule

Florida Sheriff’s Aviation Unit Honored With Golden Life Jacket

Laser Shone at South Wales Police Helicopter

New Pix4D Drone Software Designed for First Responders

California Department Launches UAS Unit

AeroVironment Secures sUAS Contract with US Border Patrol

U.K. Helicopter Crew Spots Fleeing Driver Hiding in Tree

Delaware State Aviation Helps Rescue Windsurfer

CMPD Air Unit Makes Rapid Arrest of Armed Robbery Suspect

Idaho Department Buys New UAS

Aviation Unit Participates in Citizen’s Police Academy

Colorado Agency Says UAS Have Taken It to New Heights

City of Redlands to Expand UAS Use After Law Enforcement Success

Indiana State Police Help Stop Inmate Escape Attempt

New Jersey Department Purchases UAS

Indiana Police Aircrew Honored for Apprehending Carjackers

APSA Welcomes New Members

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APSA On-The-Road - Certified Airborne Thermographer Course – December 2-4

APSA’s Airborne Thermographer Certification Course is an in-depth study of airborne thermal imagery use in the areas of tactics, technology and theory. Specifically designed for aviation law enforcement officers, the coursework supports law enforcement missions using thermal imagery systems to benefit not only the TFO but also the police pilot.

The course will take place Dec 2-4, 2019 at the Anne Arundel County Police Department Tactical Training Center near Annapolis, MD. Each of the instructors will explain and demonstrate the theory, technology, tactics and legal issues involving the successful use of thermal imagery cameras and systems. You will be required to attend all 24 hours of training, pass the written exam and demonstrate proficiency on the use of a static airborne thermal imagery system. 

The cost is $350 for members; $450 for non-members. More information can be found here.

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APSA Offers New Course: UAS Tactical Operators Course - December 11-13

The UAS Tactical Operators course is three days of intensive training designed to increase piloting skills and provide students with the ability to operate in non-traditional sUAS environments. Students will be exposed to the equipment, tools, and techniques necessary to expand their sUAS program for the tactical environment. Each day will consist of four hours of classroom instruction and four hours of flight instruction, applying sUAS capabilities to real-world scenarios.

Scheduled for December 11-13, 2019 at the Criminal Justice Training Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, FL, this course will supply students the opportunity to:

  • Understand and apply techniques for interior operations
  • Develop teaming concepts for use with other units or capabilities
  • Utilize the sUAS as point and overwatch during tactical scenarios
  • Understand Weight & Balance and Center of Gravity considerations for sUAS
  • Identify issues associated with working in controlled airspace
  • Operate as direct support for tactical team operations

Visit our website for additional information and to register.

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Register Early:  APSA Rescue Summit at HELI-EXPO – January 27, 2020

APSA’s Rescue Summit 2020 is for all who use VTOL aircraft in rescue operations. The event will be held in conjunction with HELI-EXPO 2020 on Monday, January 27, at the Anaheim (CA) Convention Center from 0830-1700. Various presentations pertaining to helicopter rescue operations including topics such as hoisting, safety and critical incident and accident reviews will be great way to continue your education. Lunch will be provided and networking opportunities are scheduled throughout the day.

The registration fee for Rescue Summit 2020 is included in your APSA Individual Membership dues as a benefit of membership; a nominal fee for non-members applies.

Register now at https://publicsafetyaviation.org/apsa-rescue-summit-2020-anaheim-ca or call 301-631-2406 with any questions. All attendees must be registered to participate.

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Notice of Nominations for Positions on APSA's Board of Directors

APSA is now accepting candidate nominations for positions of leadership on APSA’s Board of Directors. The nomination period for APSA elected offices for the term of July 2020 through July 2022 is open now until December 15, 2019.  The offices open for nominations are: Vice-President, Secretary, Midwest Region Director, Northeast Region Director and Western Region Director.

Only Individual Members who are employed or appointed by a governmental agency under the laws of any state or nation, whose duties and responsibilities include the assignment as aircrew in or supervision and management of the agency's aviation and/or alternative aircraft operations unit, section, division or department may hold office.

To nominate a member or for more information, visit https://publicsafetyaviation.org/apsa-board-of-directors-elections

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Chula Vista UAS Program Makes 130 Arrests in First Year

Southern California’s Chula Vista (CA) Police Department said in early October its Drone as a First Responder (DFR) program launched more than 1,000 missions in its first year as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP). FAA launched the program in 2018 to encourage authorities to rely on unmanned aircraft in emergency response situations. Once deployed, the drones collect real-time video to assist first responders as they receive emergency calls.

Chula Vista launched its DFR program in Oct. 2018 with a single drone capable of traveling within a 1-mile radius of the station. Chula Vista police officials said the department has expanded the program to include four drones launching from two remote sites and has made 130 arrests in connection with the information collected. According to Chula Vista police, the department is the first in the U.S. to complete 1,000 drone missions through a DFR program. The department pointed to the drone’s quick emergency response time, estimated to take an average of 120 seconds, as one of the reasons for the program’s success. In May of this year, the CVPD was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly beyond the visual line of sight of the operator.

SOURCE: www.fox5sandiego.com  and www.sandiegouniontribune.com

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Airbus Aircraft Enters Service in Austria

Two Airbus H125 helicopters have entered into service with Austria's Ministry of the Interior (BMI) last month. The aircraft joins the agency's existing fleet of Airbus H135 and AS350 helicopters and will operate from Innsbruck and Salzburg on behalf of the Tyrolean government in support of law enforcement and rescue missions.

The helicopters feature a comprehensive suite of mission equipment in a customized configuration, including dual cargo hook, night vision compatibility, searchlight, firefighting equipment, Bambi bucket, and TETRA tactical communications.

"It has been a complex design and implementation process to provide the H125 with the capabilities that we wanted, and it is a tribute to the excellent cooperation between our respective teams that we achieved the desired result," said Werner Senn, BMI Head of Air Police. "This will give the BMI and the Tyrol region one of the most advanced police aviation capabilities in Europe on an aircraft of this size."

Source: airbus.com

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Indiana County Sheriff to Add Hoist Capabilities

The Lake County (IN) Sheriff's Department Aviation Unit is training to start performing hoist rescues. Currently, all of the local hoists around Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes are performed by a U.S. Coast Guard unit two hours away in Traverse City, MI.

The Lake County Aviation Unit, based out of the Griffith/Merrillville Airport, recently received a $15,000 Indiana Department of Homeland Security grant to buy hoist equipment. The money will pay for harnesses, a rescue basket and other essentials. The aviation unit, which consists of eight police officers and firefighters from the Lake County Sheriff's Department and other local departments, intends to train at least two additional officers so it can start performing live hoist rescues in the field. "Most common around here would be anything water-related in Lake Michigan or anything on trails or in remote areas," Paramedic Mark Baumgardner said. "We've had a couple of scenarios where we were requested where we couldn't fulfill it because we're not there yet."

SOURCE: www.nwitimes.com

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Slovenian Police Acquires New Helicopter

The Slovenian National Police Force has received a new AgustaWestland AW169 helicopter. The aircraft, received at the helipad of the airborne police unit at the Ljubljana Airport, is expected to be an essential addition to the police fleet, which currently has only two airworthy craft. The new twin-engine, 10-seat helicopter will be used for all police tasks, according to Dejan Kink, commander of the airborne police unit. Worth about $16 million, the aircraft is the first new helicopter to be acquired by the Slovenian National Police Force in the last 12 years. It is expected to be fully operational in about six months.

SOURCE: www.english.sta.si and www.total-slovenia-news.com

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APSA Online Meetings: Holiday Schedule

APSA conducts regularly scheduled online meetings for safety officers and maintenance technicians as well as UAS and SAR operators via a conference call you can join using your computer, device or phone. Online meetings are open to any APSA member. Contract maintenance providers to APSA members are welcome to participate in the maintenance meeting as well. To receive meeting information and be added to the mailing list, send an email to safety@publicsafetyaviation.org.

Upcoming online meetings include one for maintenance operators on Wednesday, November 6 from 12:00-1:00 PM EST (1600 UTC) as well as one for safety officers on Friday, November 8 from 1:00-2:00 PM EST (1700 UTC).

Next month, the online meeting for UAS operators will be on Wednesday, December 18 from 1:00-2:00 PM EST (1700 UTC). In January, the SAR operators meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 7 from 1:00-2:00 PM EST (1700 UTC).

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Florida Sheriff's Aviation Unit Honored With Golden Life Jacket

The Lee County (FL) Sheriff's Office Marine and Aviation Units recently received a Golden Life Jacket Award from the Sea Tow Foundation for the countless marine rescues they have performed over the years. "This year, the sheriff's department saved six people in rip currents," Sea Tow Fort Myers Owner Heather O'Brien said. "They constantly go above and beyond. They are out there with a positive spirit. You can approach them. They are out there looking out for public safety."

The Lee County Marine and Aviation Unit has performed countless rescues for kayakers, paddle boarders and power boaters along the county's more than 600 miles of shoreline. O'Brien said this is the second time the Sea Tow Foundation has presented a Golden Life Jacket Award. The first was given 10 years ago.The Lee County Marine and Aviation Unit has performed countless rescues for kayakers, paddle boarders and power boaters along the county's more than 600 miles of shoreline. O'Brien said this is the second time the Sea Tow Foundation has presented a Golden Life Jacket Award. The first was given 10 years ago.

SOURCE: www.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com

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Laser Shone at South Wales Police Helicopter

Footage from the South Wales Police was released last month that shows a laser being shone directly at a police helicopter in April; watch the video. The 54-year-old suspect had earlier pointed the laser at a commercial airplane landing at Cardiff Airport. Within minutes, police responded by helicopter to investigate the incident and the laser beam was shone three times through the front window of the cockpit for about a minute.

The suspect was sentenced in September 2019 to two years and eight months. Shining a laser at an aircraft is extremely dangerous and can put lives at risk and cause retinal damage.

Source: www.itv.com

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New Pix4D Drone Software Designed for First Responders

Pix4D, a provider of drone mapping and photogrammetry software solutions, has launched Pix4Dreact, 2D fast-mapping software tailored specifically to the needs of public safety personnel. The desktop software is designed for public safety, emergency management, humanitarian aid and disaster response organizations. Its key purpose is to help improve situational awareness and effective response in the field, says Pix4D. The company notes it has cooperated with multiple partners to develop Pix4Dreact.

"I have used Pix4Dreact with a large number of images from the field, and I have been impressed by how simple and fast it is. This software can be of great value to the humanitarian aid community in need of a simple, yet powerful, mapping solution that can work everywhere, especially where Internet is not available," says Joseph Mulhausen, Switzerland-based WeRobotics? head of drone data. "Our vision is for Pix4Dreact to become the go-to tool when time is of the essence and Internet connectivity is not available," notes Timothy Chapuis, business development manager at Pix4D.

With a software interface that enables teams to easily process, compare, annotate and export maps, explains Chapuis, the goal is to "provide emergency responders on the ground with access to critical information needed to take quick action to protect and save lives."

Source: Pix4D

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California Department Launches UAS Unit

The Elk Grove (CA) Police Department has begun using unmanned aircraft equipped with video cameras to help officers on the ground. The department is using the devices to assist in searches for criminal suspects and missing persons, investigate crime scenes and provide relief at disaster sites. On Oct. 13, Elk Grove Police used a UAS to find a driver who walked away from a vehicle crash. Earlier in the month, the department's drone helped locate a homeless camp.

Three Elk Grove officers have been trained and certified by the Federal Aviation Administration to operate UAS. Police spokesperson Jason Jimenez said the department recently finished training all of its officers as observers to help the drone pilots. "It's been a good tool to not only keep our officers safe, but also keep the community safe," he said. The local fire department also deploys a UAS to help firefighters at emergency scenes.

SOURCE: www.egcitizen.com

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AeroVironment Secures sUAS Contract with US Border Patrol

AeroVironment Inc. received a $5.2 million contract award for the Puma 3 AE systems and support equipment for the U.S. Border Patrol, part of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Delivery is anticipated by January 2020.

AeroVironment?s Puma 3 AE small unmanned aircraft system is designed for the real-world environment Border Patrol agents operate in. Easy to transport, deploy and operate, the Puma system can be launched from anywhere, at any time, and requires no additional infrastructure or launch devices. The AeroVironment Puma flies for hours in the most extreme environments while producing high-resolution, continuous or on-demand spot surveillance of critical land and sea border areas at any time of the day or night. Highly automated and with GPS navigation, the Puma dramatically extends the reach of Border Patrol agents at a fraction of the cost of manned or larger unmanned aircraft.

Source: www.avinc.com

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U.K. Helicopter Crew Spots Fleeing Driver Hiding in Tree

A West Yorkshire (U.K.) Police helicopter crew found a man hiding in a tree after he had to be rammed off the road by ground officers concerned about the danger he posed to the public. The man allegedly drove at 60 mph toward oncoming traffic to flee officers, who were attempting to stop him for a fake license plate.

After officers deliberately crashed into the suspect's car, he escaped on foot and disappeared. However, he was eventually caught when the West Yorkshire Police helicopter was deployed and spotted him 60 feet up in the tree. The man pleaded guilty to two offenses of dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle hijacking, having no license and having no insurance. He was sentenced to two years, eight months in prison and banned from driving for six years, four months.

SOURCE: www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk

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Delaware State Aviation Helps Rescue Windsurfer

The Delaware State Police Aviation Unit assisted in the search for and rescue of a stranded windsurfer in mid-October. The surfer spent a night stranded in Rehoboth Bay after his sail broke and no one heard his calls for help. The man wasn't injured but wasn't located until about 7:45 a.m. the morning after the incident, according to a news release from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Teams from the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police, Dewey Beach Police and U.S. Coast Guard also assisted in the search.

The stranded man told police his sail disconnected from his board and couldn't be reconnected. He then spent six hours floating in the surf before reaching shore. When rescuers spotted him, he was wearing a life jacket and whistle. The state recommends windsurfers always use a life jacket, bring a whistle or horn, tell someone about their plan before embarking in case of an emergency, stay close to shore and wear a wet suit to avoid hypothermia.

SOURCE: www.delmarvanow.com

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CMPD Air Unit Makes Rapid Arrest of Armed Robbery Suspect

Minutes after two victims were reportedly robbed at gunpoint in south Charlotte, NC, a police helicopter helped locate and nab five suspects fleeing the scene. According to a Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) report, the Oct. 7 robbery occurred when two Hispanic victims were robbed. The CMPD Aviation Unit responded and "less than four minutes later, located [the suspects] in a white Toyota Camry fleeing the area at a high rate of speed," the police report said. The Aviation Unit provided turn-by-turn directions to officers on the ground, "patrol units converged on the suspect vehicle and stopped it, ultimately arresting five suspects," CMPD said.

Inside the fleeing Toyota Camry, police found two pistols, a BB gun, two ski masks and property belonging to the robbery victims. All five suspects were interviewed by detectives and transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. Each suspect was charged with multiple offenses.

SOURCE: www.patch.com

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Idaho Department Buys New UAS

The Rupert City (ID) Police Department has purchased an unmanned aircraft system using $3,500 in donations from two local foundations. The new DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual drone replaces a smaller UAS and is equipped with thermal and zoom imaging, a loudspeaker, spotlight and night beacon. The aircraft has a 25-minute battery. "The drone is small enough that during a hostage situation it could be flown down the hallway at a school," Rupert Police Chief James Wardle said. The department also plans to use the aircraft during searches when crimes are in progress, for heightened security during community events, to help with mapping projects and for the city's electrical department to identify hot transformers. Wardle said the department's previous UAS was destroyed when it crashed in June. The department has two certified drone pilots and a third officer who will be certified within the next several months.

SOURCE: www.magicvalley.com

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Aviation Unit Participates in Citizen's Police Academy

The Bay County (FL) Sheriff's Office has launched a Citizen's Police Academy, which allows civilians to learn more about the department's aviation unit, narcotics division, SWAT team, K-9 unit and more. The academy's first meeting was Oct. 1. "We want them to kind of become immersed in what we do here to show them and teach them as much about what we do every day as we can," Sheriff Tommy Ford said.

Ford said he hopes the academy will help residents see more than just patrol cars on the streets. "We're going to do different presentations for them, as well as some hands-on scenarios," he said. "They'll use our firearms simulator, we'll have our SWAT team and our bomb squad and our K-9 units do demonstrations for them, and our hope is that they walk away proud of the Sheriff's Office." The academy will meet six times through Nov. 2.

SOURCE: www.mypanhandle.com

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Colorado Agency Says UAS Have Taken It to New Heights

The Longmont (CO) Police Department recently reported it has had great success with the unmanned aircraft technology it launched early last year. Last September, a suspect on the run from police was spotted on the roof of a Longmont bank, after the 21-year-old rode an ATV on an alleged crime spree, first threatening people with a weapon. Police said the man also attempted to steal a delivery truck, broke into a house and stole clothes and trespassed at the bank. Rather than sending police to the roof in search of the man, Longmont Police Sergeant Jason Malterud said the department piloted a drone to the location. "We actually didn't have to put anybody on the roof, which is very unsafe for the suspect and for us," Malterud said. "We could put the drone up there and look. We saw him and gave him commands. He complied and came down."

Department officials said the situation was one of many in which local public safety officials have used UAS effectively. Malterud, who leads the Longmont Police Department's drone program, has helped grow the local UAS fleet to four. He said the devices have also been useful in traffic reconstruction.

SOURCE: www.denverpost.com

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City of Redlands to Expand UAS Use After Law Enforcement Success

The Redlands (CA) Police Department has reported wide success with its unmanned aircraft program, and early last month, the Redlands City Council accepted a $20,800 grant from the state homeland security department to purchase four UAS. The police department most recently launched an unmanned aircraft in mid-October, using it to find evidence that will likely be used in court against an armed robbery suspect. "Without the drone, police would have never found such evidence or could have taken a long time to do so," said Carl Baker, a spokesperson for the city.

The Redlands Police Department regularly uses UAS to investigate large areas, document and photograph crime scenes and provide surveillance in tactical situations. "They are often used in place of calling in a helicopter from the [sheriff's] department, which is expensive and sometimes may not be available in a timely manner," Baker said.

SOURCE: www.redlandscommunitynews.com

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Indiana State Police Help Stop Inmate Escape Attempt

The Indiana State Police Aviation Section helped apprehend a habitual prison escapee in mid-October. A Jefferson County Sheriff's Department vehicle was transporting the 113-pound female inmate, when she forced her way through a window. The 36-year-old woman has attempted to evade authorities on multiple occasions. After her most recent escape attempt, police quickly established a perimeter with the help of the Indiana State Police Aviation Section and K-9 units.

The woman was recaptured about an hour after the search began. She was evaluated at a local hospital for scuffs to her feet and possible hypothermia and then taken to the Decatur County Jail, where she will face new charges in addition to those for which she was being held. Jefferson County had been holding her on warrants for possession of methamphetamine, possession of a legend drug, possession of a syringe, resisting arrest by fleeing and failure to appear in court.

SOURCE: www.madisoncourier.com

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New Jersey Department Purchases UAS

The East Windsor (NJ) Police Department has purchased a new Mavic Enterprise Dual unmanned aircraft system. The department used approximately $3,000 from a narcotics bust several years ago to assist in the purchase. Sergeant Derek Leab said the department will use the UAS in a variety of ways but will not invade citizens' privacy. "Our goal is to use it to enhance public safety and to keep officers safe," Leab said. "We aren't throwing it up in the sky to spy on people. It's for incident-based usage. That means we'd be using it for crime scenes, accident reconstructing, mapping, building inspections, natural disaster surveying, firefighting, barricaded subjects or situations where it's too dangerous for our ground officers." The UAS is outfitted with a thermal camera.

The department said it would follow all FAA regulations when operating the UAS. Several officers have already begun UAS training through a series of lectures, practice procedures and exams. Leab said he hopes the new UAS will be ready for deployment as soon as possible. The department has asked the public to provide input on a call sign for the unmanned aircraft.

SOURCE: www.journalinquirer.com

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Indiana Police Aircrew Honored for Apprehending Carjackers

Two members of the Lake County (IN) Sheriff's Department Aviation Unit recently received commendations after they helped catch suspects involved in the carjacking of an Indiana Toll Road maintenance truck last month. The carjacker tried to run over Indiana State Troopers before he was shot by police in the thigh and arrested. Lake County Sheriff's Deputy Jamie Hicks, the department's crew chief, and Pilot David Eichelberger were honored by the department for their role in the incident.

Police said three men stole a vehicle and were suspected in thefts of property valued at as much as $45,000 before they tried to strike a police car head-on during the succeeding pursuit. Hicks and Eichelberger overheard the chase on the radio and were called to assist by the Indiana State Police. "By the time we were airborne, the three suspects had ditched the car," Hicks said. "We got on scene. They already had one suspect in custody before we got there. Two were still at large." Officers on the ground set up a perimeter as the helicopter searched the area. One suspect eventually hijacked the maintenance truck and tried to back into police officers. "It was exciting for me," Hicks said. "That was my first major call as a flight officer. The training just kicked in."

SOURCE: www.nwitimes.com

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APSA Welcomes New Members

APSA would like to welcome the following corporate and individual members who joined during October 2019:

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Chris Beckman, Kirkwood Police Department (MO)
Leslie Beer, Miami-Dade (FL) Police Department Aviation Unit RET
Adam Beese, Eastside Departments Group Enforcement
Brad Boling, Wentzville (MO) Police Department
Brian Brennaman, City of Xenia (OH) Fire Division
Freddie Briggs, Helicopter Night Vision Solutions
Steven Carr, Philadelphia (OA) Police Aviation Unit
Chuck Cervenka, Aircraft Appraisals
Kevin Clouser, PA Game Commission
Derek Dennehy, City of Xenia(OH) Fire Division
Johnny Duncan, Henderson County (NC) Sheriffs Office
Matthew Gabbianelli, Dept. of State
Chris Hill, Placer County (CA) Sheriff's Office Air Support Unit
Zebulon Hoffman, Jefferson City (MO) Flying Service
Domingo Kaller, Will County (IL) EMA
William Koshansky, East/West Industries, Inc.
Markus Lapitsky, Gwinnett County (GA) Police Department Aviation Unit
Christopher Leonard, Franklin County (OH) Sheriff's Office
Jeff Lucas, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Kaylin Makeechak, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Jeff Martin, Placer County (CA) Sheriff's Office Air Support Unit
Christopher Miller, Oakland County (MI) Sheriff Office
Matt Miller, City of Xenia (OH) PD
Jonah Nieves, Arizona Department of Public Safety
Tom Norris, City of Xenia (OH) Fire Division
Michael Oneil, San Jose (CA) Police Department
Tiffany Parker, Baylor Scott and White Health Public Safety
Dale Penn, Metro Aviation Inc./ MedFlight of Ohio, Helicopter Minitmen Inc.
Marc Plourde, Gainesville (FL) PD
Matthew Poulton, Montgomery County (OH) Sheriff's Office
Darren Price, Ohio Emergency Management Agency
Courtney Renfro, Austin (TX) Police Department
Mark Rosenfeld, Nashville (TN) Metropolitan Police Department - Madison Precinct
Shawn Royall, Charlotte (NC) Fire Department
Richard Saintvilus, Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) Police Department
Leslie Sereix, Broward (FL) Sheriff's Office
Paul St-Onge, La Cité - 911 Institute
Brent Trautman, State of Maryland, Natural Resources Police
Jeff Wallace, Grand Traverse County (MI) Sheriffs Office
 

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