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TACTICAL HELICOPTER MISSIONS:
How to Fly Safe, Effective Airborne Law Enforcement Missions

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By Kevin P. Means
Published 2007
136 pages, 7 x 10, 53 illustrations
ISBN 978-0-398-07738-9 Paperback $34.95

You can order this book directly from the publisher online or (800) 258-8980.

Description:

Over 400 law enforcement units in the U.S. alone now employ aviation units, which represents a significant increase since 1990. 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword—Jim Di Giovanna

Preface

Chapter

  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

You can order this book directly from the publisher online or (800) 258-8980.

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