Any Law Enforcement?

C150J

Well-Known Member
Hi all,

Has anyone here worked in law enforcement? Just curious, as LE is the biggest contender to flying in terms of my prospective careers.

Thanks!
J.
 

kostcoguy

New Member
Well, I don't know how old you are, but if your a teenager, you could do the Law Enforcement Explorer program, my best friend's brother does it, he loves it, but the way I see it, it's working without getting payed. You do a lot of crowd control, traffic control stuff <yawn>...feel free to ask about it, I can pass on any questions to my friend's bro.
 

JetA_master

New Member
I actually was going to go into LE but caught that damn aviation bug!!!! I had tons of conections too, my sister's fience is a fort worth cop and my dad has a few retired (real) texas ranger friends that we go hunting with. good stories and good times...
 

jonnyb

Well-Known Member
I was a police officer for a couple years. Flying is MUCH better,,,,,,,for me anyways.
 

phrog_driver

New Member
Anyone one here involved in LE aviation? If so, do you like it, and did you have to spend a lot of time doing regular law enforcement duties before you were picked up as a pilot?
 

montanapilot

Well-Known Member
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Anyone one here involved in LE aviation? If so, do you like it, and did you have to spend a lot of time doing regular law enforcement duties before you were picked up as a pilot?

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I think one of citationkid's parents is.
 

bap327

New Member
I was in the field for 4 years and finally got the balls to pursue my dream so now I am off to flight school and hope to work my way up the ladder.
Being a cop aint nothing like on t.v. but I had fun and just couldnt see doing it for 30 years.
I always wished that I went after the flight lessons sooner.
 

ZUM

New Member
My Pop was a Cop for 25 years in MD. The police deparment where he worked is currently trying to get an aviation helicopter program off the ground. Some lucky guy on the Swat team was apparently selected to go through all of the training to become a helicoptor pilot. How awesome would that be?
 

juskl

Well-Known Member
Ironically, I am in the process of creating the Aviation Unit for the Police Department that I work at. We are starting with a fixed wing first. Either the C-172 or 182. Probably used. As the City of Glendale, Az is getting the Superbowl in 2008, the city wants the Helicopter program up by then.

I got my Commercial Fixed-wing, back in November. I wasn't planning on flying on the job and was looking at other posibilities (airline stuff). The admin staff at work came to me with some other guys that were working on the program and got me involved. We hope to get that up and going within a two year window. With the Helicopter program soon after. Though for a used 182 we are looking at spending 150,000 just for the plane. A new Helicopter 1.6 million per.

Anyway, that is what I have been doing for a while and hopefully all goes well with it. Plus I can still make my 70 k doing this while only being 9 years from retirement. As apposed to going the flight instructor route for 16 per hour. If you have never done a ride along with an air unit, do it...... You will become hooked. Flying over the city at 500 ft while following a pursuit or looking for the bad guy, is awesome.
 

C150J

Well-Known Member
Heyya!

I'm still in contention for the NY-ANG, but I'm not banking on it (4 slots, three of which are alternates!). I have several options right now (some in aviation, some in city and federal law enforcement), and I must say that law enforcement is right up there with flying right now. Just trying to get some more perspective on the field.

Thanks for checkin' in!
J.
 

MikeD

Administrator
Staff member
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Ironically, I am in the process of creating the Aviation Unit for the Police Department that I work at. We are starting with a fixed wing first. Either the C-172 or 182. Probably used. As the City of Glendale, Az is getting the Superbowl in 2008, the city wants the Helicopter program up by then.

I got my Commercial Fixed-wing, back in November. I wasn't planning on flying on the job and was looking at other posibilities (airline stuff). The admin staff at work came to me with some other guys that were working on the program and got me involved. We hope to get that up and going within a two year window. With the Helicopter program soon after. Though for a used 182 we are looking at spending 150,000 just for the plane. A new Helicopter 1.6 million per.

Anyway, that is what I have been doing for a while and hopefully all goes well with it. Plus I can still make my 70 k doing this while only being 9 years from retirement. As apposed to going the flight instructor route for 16 per hour. If you have never done a ride along with an air unit, do it...... You will become hooked. Flying over the city at 500 ft while following a pursuit or looking for the bad guy, is awesome.

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I thought the metro PHX cities (except Mesa) just called upon Phoenix PDs Firebird whenever they needed air, and in a pinch, called DPSs Ranger at Fire Station 41.

I remember in the early 1990s, Scottsdale PD leased a Hughes 500E for a couple of weeks to evaluate an air support capability. Following testing, the idea sort of fizzled out.
 

juskl

Well-Known Member
The problem with Phx is that they are huge. Even though they have at least two birds up at all times, they are just too busy. More often than not, we can't get them. MCSO hardly flies due to money issues. DPS is usually not available. We usually need them ASAP.

Scottsdale was able to pass a Bond issue, but put it on hold when the financial problems hit the state two years ago. They told me that they hope to have it up and going within two years.

Hey Aloft, what did that acronym mean??? I didn't get it. Sorry, maybe I need more coffee:)
 

MikeD

Administrator
Staff member
NYANG= New York Air National Guard.

Yeah, I forgot about MCSO and their air contingent. True enough about them never flying for money purposes. Heck, most of the county deputies get paid next to squat anyway.....Pinal County and Santa Cruz county being two of the lowest paid in AZ off the top of my head. You know pay is bad when you have guys leave the state police (DPS) to lateral to one of the city PDs like PHX or SDL.
 

juskl

Well-Known Member
And the governor just shot down the pay raise deal for the DP S guys. Our Officers in Glendale average about 15K more a year than theirs. And we are one of the lower paid in the valley right now. Though I look for that to change soon. Most county and DPS guys end up going to city agencies after a while. Mostly because of the pay. They have good people though.
 
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