Police Helicopter Pilot

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Arizona DPS (Department of Public Safety) Highway Patrol

Photo courtesy of Arizona DPSThe Arizona Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol Aviation division operates a total of 9 aircraft to include 5 helicopters and 4 fixed wing aircraft. 

Four of the helicopters are configured as Air Rescue Helicopters and provide first responder emergency medical services, technical rescue services, rescue operations, aerial and logistical support for law enforcement, highway safety and traffic enforcement operations, and transportation services in support of critical government operations. 

According to the Arizona DPS website the mission of the aviation unit is to;

"Provide an immediate, 24-hour per day, statewide air support response capability for critical occurrences and emergency situations, to provide aerial and logistical support for law enforcement, highway safety and traffic enforcement operations, and to provide transport services in support of governmental operations and critical administrative functions."

The Air Support and Aviation Maintenance are based at the Aviation Headquarters unit at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, while the aircraft are strategically assigned throughout the state for maximum coverage.