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Aviation units are comprised of specialized officers that provide aerial law enforcement coverage through the operation of fixed-wing planes and helicopters. These units perform functions ranging from general operations, such as engaging in pursuits and responding to calls for service, to more specialized operations, such as homeland security, emergency medical services (EMS), special weapons and tactics (SWAT), and firefighting missions. The report presents information on the characteristics, expenditures, equipment, personnel, functions, and training and safety requirements of aviation units found in law enforcement agencies with 100 or more sworn officers.

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Aviation Units in Large Law Enforcement Agencies, 2007 Examines the specialized airborne police units that operate fixed-wing planes or helicopters in large state and local law enforcement agencies.
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Law enforcement agencies with 100 or more sworn personnel and aviation units, by agency type and size, 2007 Table 1 from Aviation Units in Large Law Enforcement Agencies, 2007 Special Report
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Law Enforcement aviation unit personnel, by position title, 2007 Table 11 from Aviation Unit in Large Law Enforcement Agencies, 2007 Special Report
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Large law enforcement agencies Non-federal departments employing 100 or more full-time sworn officers.