California, Merced County Sheriff's Aviation Unit
Merced County Sheriff's Department currently operates two fixed wing aircraft and two helicopters;
1- Cessna 206 airplane
1- Cessna 172 airplane
1- Robinson R-44 Raven II helicopter
1- UH-1H Huey helicopter
The department acquired he Huey helicopter in 2009 through a donation from the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal-EMA) under the California Public Safety Procurement Program. The Huey helicopter has a value of about $922,000.
The department's Robinson R-44 helicopter is outfitted with the latest in police aviation technology, including a heat sensing camera and is primarily used for patrol an searches. The department aquired the R-44 helicopter in 2008.
The Huey helicopter is used for moving personnel and equipment. Many of it's missions involve the SWAT team or marijuana eradication.
The Merced County Sheriff keeps the unit's aircraft flying through various grants and federal funding, with little to no cost to the Merced County taxpayer.