New York Police Department Aviation Division

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This page is for informational purposes only and does not represent official policies, or positions of the NYPD.

The New York Police Department's Aviation Division is staffed with approximately 57 sworn police officers.  Even the NYPD helicopter mechanics are sworn police officers. 

NYPD operates a total of 4 Agusta A119 Koalas, and 3 Bell 412s.  They fly out of Floyd Bennet Field in Brooklyn NY. 

To be elligible for transfer into the NYPD air unit you not only must be a sworn officer, but you must have a commercial pilots license, either fixed wing or rotor wing, and/or an A&P (airframe & powerplant) license.

Five (5) years of experience as a NYPD Officer is preferred before being elligible for the unit, however, an outstanding candidate with excellent credentials can make it in 3-5 years. 

Desired qualities are:  Aviation experience, excellent evaluations, good sick time record and excellent record of police service. 

In addition to supporting patrol officers on the ground, the unit takes on numerous homeland security missions in and around New York City and it's waterways. 

Click here for a link to a very informative video report by the New York Times on the NYPD Air Unit. 

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