The Dale County Sheriff's Office has had an aviation unit since the 1980s. In 2002 however they received their firs Bell OH58 helicopter from the US Department Of Defense. The OH58 is the military version of the most popular civilian helicopter ever, the Bell Jet Ranger.
The Dale County Sheriff's Aviation Unit has approximately 6 members, 2 of which are aircraft mechanics. The unit operates a total of 3 Bell OH58s.
According to the Dale County Sheriff's website, their primary mission is to "assist in search and rescue operations and counter-drug operations and is available to neighboring law enforcement agencies. The unit is also used to locate missing persons and aid in emergency situations."
Dale County Alabama is located in the south eastern part of the state just a short drive from both Florida and Georgia.