Ontario Police Department's Newest AS 350B2 helicopter. Photo- American Eurocopter.The Ontario Police Department currently operates two Eurocopter AS 350B2 helicopters outfitted with the latest in police aviation technology to include; L-3/Wescam forward looking infrared (FLIR), NightSun search lights, and the necessary police radios. The unit was first launched in 1989 and has operated continuously, 365 days a year since that time.
The unit is made up of one Sergeant/Pilot, three Police Officer Pilots, three Flight Officers, one relief Flight Officer, and two helicopter mechanics.
Since it's inception in 1989 the unit has assisted in the arrest of over 12,000 suspects and recovered over $11 Million in stolen property.
In 2011 the Ontario Police Air Support Unit added a third AS 350B2 helicopter to it's fleet.
The following statement is from a March 2011 press release from American Eurocopter.
“The AS350 B2 is the perfect aircraft for our operation,” said Eric Weidner, Sergeant and Officer in Charge of the Ontario Police Department’s Air Support Unit. “With its payload and performance capabilities, the AS350 B2 has allowed us to continue to evolve as a department and expand the type of missions we perform.” “We spend a lot of time in the air so the AS350 B2’s comfortable platform, both in terms of cabin spaciousness and flexibility, coupled with its low noise signature, are important features,” continued Weidner. “This reduces crew fatigue, allows for safer operations, and makes us environmentally friendly.”